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The Sirens

The Sirens

1889

Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Bronze

Overall: 43.2 x 41.6 x 30.5 cm (17 x 16 3/8 x 12 in.)

In memory of Ralph King, gift of Mrs. Ralph King; Ralph T. Woods, Charles G. King; and Frances King Schafer 1946.350

Description

Rodin intended The Gates of Hell (based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy) to be the great work of his life. It was never executed as originally planned, but Rodin created a number of sculptures for the project that were later treated separately. Among them was this group of three nude women entitled The Sirens.

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