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The Prodigal Son, Large Model (L'Enfant prodigue, grand modèle)

European Art

On View: Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st floor
The Prodigal Son refers to the parable related in Luke 15:11–32, in which the younger son of a rich man squanders his father’s fortune, suffers desperate deprivation, and ultimately realizes his foolishness and begs his father’s forgiveness. Here, Auguste Rodin depicts the episode of greatest physical and emotional torment: the period between the loss of wealth and the joyous reunion. The distorted body and facial expression reflect the biblical figure’s physical and psychological tension.
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES late 1880s, cast 1969
    DIMENSIONS 54 3/8 x 35 1/2 x 28 3/4 in., 218 lb. (138.1 x 90.2 x 73 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Back, base, lower edge: ".Georges.Rudier./Fondeur. Paris." Back, base, lower edge: "© by Musée Rodin 1969"
    SIGNATURE Top of base, in front of proper left foot: "A. Rodin"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st floor
    EDITION Edition: 9/12
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). The Prodigal Son, Large Model (L'Enfant prodigue, grand modèle), late 1880s, cast 1969. Bronze, 54 3/8 x 35 1/2 x 28 3/4 in., 218 lb. (138.1 x 90.2 x 73 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 84.75.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.75.4_SL1.jpg)
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