Rodin conceived this relief of entwined lovers as one of several decorative pilasters for The Gates of Hell. Around 1900 he reduced and cast it along with several other sections of the pilasters, and in 1916 he ordered this even smaller version cast by the thousands, to sell to raise money for French actors and theater employees.
1880s, reduction 1916; cast 1916
3 3/4 x 1 5/8 x 3/8 in. (9.5 x 4.1 x 1 cm) (show scale)
Verso: "PROTECTION'/COMPOSÉ PAR/AUGUSTE RODIN/POUR/'THE FRENCH ACTORS FUND'/AU PROFIT DE L'/AIDE AUX ARTISTES/ET EMPLOYÉS DE THÉÂTRE/EN COLLABORATION/AVEC/L'ASSOCIATION/ DES/DIRECTEURS DE THÉÂTRE/DE PARIS/PARIS. NEW-YORK/ MCMXVI"
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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Protection, 1880s, reduction 1916; cast 1916. Bronze, 3 3/4 x 1 5/8 x 3/8 in. (9.5 x 4.1 x 1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 84.210.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.210.1_bw.jpg)
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