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Study for Polyphemus

Auguste Rodin (AKA François-Auguste-René Rodin), French, (November 12, 1840–November 17, 1917)

Creation date: 1880 (cast 1970)
Creation place: France

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Type: Bronze Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Gift of the Cantor, Fitzgerald Art Foundation
Accession Number: 1975.44
Dimensions: 17 in. x 6 1/8 in. x 6 in. (43.18 cm x 15.56 cm x 15.24 cm)
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Cantor, Fitzgerald Art Foundation, Beverly Hills, California ( - August 22, 1975)

Musée Rodin, Paris, France (1970 - 1970)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 22, 1975 - )

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April 2003
Paris: A Century as Europe's Art Capital

Just as the Academy enforced rigid rules regulating both subject and style in painting, sculptors also adhered to restrictive conventions regulating their art. While Rodin’s sculpture did not follow Academic stylistic dictates, they were developed according to Academic methods. In addition to drawn sketches, Rodin worked in three dimensions, completing series of studies leading to his major, large-scale projects. This small bronze study eventually led to his figure of Polyphemus, a character drawn from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which was incorporated into Rodin’s monumental Gates of Hell.
Last Updated: 12/9/2020


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Gallery Rotation , 6/1/2013 - 12/4/2013

General Exhibition: Rotation San Diego Museum of Art , 12/5/2013 - 5/31/2014

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00


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