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The Fallen Angel, or Illusions Received by the Earth (La Chute d'un ange, ou Les Illusions reçues par la Terre)

European Art

Like Bacchantes Embracing and Damned Women (both on view nearby), this work presents a scene of lovemaking between two women, with a title that transports the figures to a time or place removed from the viewer’s own. The Fallen Angel appears set in a world of allegory, with the crouching woman, perhaps symbolizing the earthly realm, drawing the winged female into a gentle embrace. Both figures seem to emerge organically from the ground.
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES by 1900; cast before 1952
    DIMENSIONS 20 1/2 x 32 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. (52.1 x 83.2 x 56.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Lower edge, long side with seated figure's left knee: "ALEXIS RUDIER./FONDEUR. PARIS."
    SIGNATURE Top of base near feathers on side with pointing hand: "A. Rodin"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). The Fallen Angel, or Illusions Received by the Earth (La Chute d'un ange, ou Les Illusions reçues par la Terre), by 1900; cast before 1952. Bronze, 20 1/2 x 32 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. (52.1 x 83.2 x 56.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor, 84.77.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.77.5_SL3.jpg)
    STATE 2nd State
    IMAGE overall, 84.77.5_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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