A great Tumblr find! Several wonderfully detailed photos of the Gates of Hell bronze doors by Auguste Rodin. The AMAM’s Rodin sculpture, The Prodigal Son, created by Rodin for inclusion in this work in the late 1880s. It appears twice on the right door, both vertically and horizontally as part of a group with a female body (seen in the third and sixth images here) later reworked by the artist as the Fugit Amor group, and symbolic of the disillusionment and pain of dying love. Neither group is present in an April 1887 photograph of the plaster model for the Gates, but a freestanding Fugit Amor was exhibited in plaster in Paris in 1887; therefore, the initial conception for the group, and Oberlin’s male figure, probably dates to that year. As he did with other figures from the Gates, Rodin enlarged, modified, and reused a single figure from his initial idea to create a single monumental work, as is the case for The Prodigal Son.
Details from the Gates of Hell by Rodin..Bronze doors originally commissioned for a new museum in Paris which never opened. Rodin worked on the 200 separate elements for almost 37 years. Planned on the characters of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, the finished piece became a more abstract work with many of Rodin’s popular motifs included amongst the tortured souls