The Age of Bronze, medium-sized model, first reduction (L'Age d'airain, première réduction)
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
This male nude is one of Auguste Rodin’s most celebrated and enigmatic subjects. First called The Vanquished, it was interpreted as emblematic of France’s heroism and suffering in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71. When Rodin decided to remove the lance the model posed with, he also eliminated any explicit narrative symbols in favor of simply highlighting the sensuality and emotional potential of the human body. He retitled it The Age of Bronze, suggesting that the figure, with its now mysterious gestures, evoked a moment of awakening into a new consciousness. At the 1877 Salon, the naturalism of the life-size plaster led to accusations that Rodin had made a cast directly from the “commonplace” body of his model.
The half-life-size version seen here was probably first produced in 1903–4 in response to popular demand for a smaller-format edition.
1876 (reduction probably 1903-04); cast 1967
41 1/4 x 15 x 13 in., 65 lb. (104.8 x 38.1 x 33 cm, 29.48kg)
mount (including clips): 41 1/2 × 13 × 12 in. (105.4 × 33 × 30.5 cm) (show scale)
Back of base:".Georges Rudier./.Fondeur. Paris."
Base, bottom edge: "© by Musée Rodin 1967"
Base, proper left: "A. Rodin"
Gift of B. Gerald Cantor
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). The Age of Bronze, medium-sized model, first reduction (L'Age d'airain, première réduction), 1876 (reduction probably 1903-04); cast 1967. Bronze, 41 1/4 x 15 x 13 in., 65 lb. (104.8 x 38.1 x 33 cm, 29.48kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of B. Gerald Cantor, 68.49. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 68.49_SL1.jpg)
overall, 68.49_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.