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

European Art

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.
  • 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 not on view
    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
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