The Prodigal Son, Large Model (L'Enfant prodigue, grand modèle)
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.
late 1880s, cast 1969
54 3/8 x 35 1/2 x 28 3/4 in., 218 lb. (138.1 x 90.2 x 73 cm) (show scale)
Back, base, lower edge: ".Georges.Rudier./Fondeur. Paris."
Back, base, lower edge: "© by Musée Rodin 1969"
Top of base, in front of proper left foot: "A. Rodin"
Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
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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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