The Prodigal Son, Large Model (L'Enfant prodigue, grand modèle)
Begun in 1880 as a commission, Rodin worked on The Gates of Hell until his death in 1917. By the late 1880s, the commission had fallen through, allowing him to develop his vision without external deadlines or practical constraints. Figures intended for the Gates were made and shown separately, as they are seen here, and no definitive cast of the overall composition was realized during Rodin’s lifetime. Posthumous casts of the Gates are based on scholarly reconstructions.
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"
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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
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