The Musée Rodin is a museum dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin and featured archaeological relics he collected during his lifetime. Rodin was known for his sculptures which placed focus on the human form created with non-traditional techniques and with the use of different materials such as bronze, and clay, all of which conveyed an array of emotions such as tragedy and love.
During the day of my visit, most of the museum, including Hotel Biron were under renovation so I took my time relaxing in the gardens and viewing the temporary collections. Fortunately, I was still able to see several of Rodin’s iconic works.
The Thinker is depicted as a nude male figure of over life-size sitting on a rock with his chin resting on one hand, pondering. The Thinker is often used as an image to which depicts philosophy.
The Gates of Hell consists of over 200 figures which include a smaller version of the Thinker and Three Shades. This work depicts a scene from “The Inferno”, the first section of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.
According to the museum’s description, The Three Shades represents the souls of the damned at stand at the entrance to Hell, pointing to an unequivocal inscription, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here”. In here, the angle at which the heads fall downward is distorted and presents the necks and shoulders to be at the same level.
Another work inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy is The Kiss. The sculpture depicts two characters, Paolo and Francesca, slain by Francesca’s husband who surprised them as they exchanged their first kiss, the two lovers were condemned to wander eternally through Hell.
It was a lovely day and a fruitful visit though I was little sad with the renovations. This is a perfect place for artists to draw inspiration, the gardens especially are nice to wander around.