Cybele, large model (Cybèle, grand modèle)
On View: Elevator Lobby, 3rd Floor
Rodin famously modeled his work in clay or plaster, and then a team of fabricators would translate his impressionistic, handworked surfaces to the bronze casts or carved marble editions. This process allowed the same figure to appear in a variety of scales, materials, and even figural groupings. When first exhibited, this Cybele was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketchlike execution, and missing limbs and head, all elements that are now considered to contribute to its enigmatic quality.
1905; cast 1981
64 3/8 x 30 1/4 x 46 5/8 in., 637 lb. (163.5 x 76.8 x 118.4 cm) (show scale)
Back, lower edge of base, foundry stamp: "F*C"
Back, lower edge of base: "© by Musée Rodin 1981"
Front, at feet: "A. Rodin"
At feet: "No 1"
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor
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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Cybele, large model (Cybèle, grand modèle), 1905; cast 1981. Bronze, 64 3/8 x 30 1/4 x 46 5/8 in., 637 lb. (163.5 x 76.8 x 118.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor, 85.172. Creative Commons-BY
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