Thu Gates of Hell


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Date: 1880–1917
Dimensions: 620×390×100
Material: Bronze

In 1880, Rodin received a commission from the French government. This commission was to create a gate for a new Museum of Decorative Arts, and one of the conditions was that his work had to treat the theme of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy is a long narrative poem comprising three sections—Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso—rooted in Christian faith. Rodin, who was already a Dante’s admirers, focused on Inferno and depicted more than 200 naked human figures in a variety of poses, experiencing the eternal suffering of Hell. In 1900, a plaster Gates of Hell was shown in public for the only time in Rodin’s life. Until shortly before his death, it was not delivered to the client as he continued to work it for nearly 40 years.
Around the world, there are currently two plasters and eight bronzes, totaling 10 pieces of Gates of Hell. From the point of view of the scale of the project, its long conception period, and the numerous anecdotes it has left behind, this work of art towers in the center of the Rodin Wing, and could be considered a symbol of Rodin’s life and his passion for his work.

Auguste Rodin


Auguste Rodin1840-1917

Auguste Rodin, the most famous sculptor in 19th-century France, was born in Paris in 1840 as the son of a police department clerk. He learned the fundamentals of art at the Ecole Spèciale de Dessin et de Mathématique (Special Imperial School of Art and Mathematics), but was three times denied admission to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Having worked at, among other places, the Sèvres porcelain factory, at the age of 40 he was commissioned by the national government to produce The Gates of Hell, for which he was finally recognized as a sculptor. Thereafter, through innovative experimentation and bold modeling ability, he laid the foundations for the 20th-century sculpting world.