Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Kiss

Auguste Rodin: The Kiss. Photo: Kristine Grav Hardeberg


This very famous sculpture can be seen in the Rodin Museum in Paris. It was made by Auguste Rodin in 1889. It's original title was Francesca da Rimini, as it actually depcits her, the 13th century woman that fell in love with her husband's brother, Paolo Malatesta while reading the book about Lancelot and Guinevere. (The story about Francesca and Paolo is part of Dante's Inferno) Francesca was killed by her husband, who interrupted the kiss...

I love this statue. It feels so real, you almost forget that this is marble, rock. And, I see similarities with Canova's Amor and Psyche. A work of art like this one, you can't just have a glimpse at it, and move on. You have to take your time, look at it, gaze at it, and physically change your point of view several times. While you turn around the statue, you'll rediscover it over and over again.


Auguste Rodin: The Kiss. Photo: Kristine Grav Hardeberg



Auguste Rodin: The Kiss. Photo: Kristine Grav Hardeberg

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