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The Age of Bronze, medium-sized model, first reduction (L'Age d'airain, première réduction)

The original life-size sculpture, almost twice the size of this version, was so convincing that some accused Rodin of casting the figure directly from a live model. False accusations of "cheating" were frequent in the nineteenth century (and since), made by people offended by the way realism may disturb their assumptions about art. To our own eyes, the figure may appear somewhat idealized, though that was not the artist's intent.


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