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The Age of Bronze, medium-sized model, first reduction (L'Age d'airain, première réduction)

European Art

On View: Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

The original life-size sculpture, almost twice the size of this version, was so convincing that some accused Rodin of casting the figure directly from a live model. False accusations of "cheating" were frequent in the nineteenth century (and since), made by people offended by the way realism may disturb their assumptions about art. To our own eyes, the figure may appear somewhat idealized, though that was not the artist's intent.

  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1876 (reduction probably 1903-04); cast 1967
    DIMENSIONS 41 1/4 x 15 x 13 in. (104.8 x 38.1 x 33 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Back of base:".Georges Rudier./.Fondeur. Paris." Base, bottom edge: "© by Musée Rodin 1967"
    SIGNATURE Base, proper left: "A. Rodin"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
    EDITION 10/12
    CREDIT LINE Gift of B. Gerald Cantor
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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. (104.8 x 38.1 x 33 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of B. Gerald Cantor, 68.49. Creative Commons-BY
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