“Rodin, Il Marmo, La Vita” exhibition brings 60 sculptures by the father of modern sculpture to Milan


“Rodin, Il Marmo, la Vita” (Rodin, Marble, Life) the new exhibition at the Sala delle Cariatidi in the Palazzo Reale in Milan features 60 works by the “father of modern sculpture.” The show is the most complete retrospective dedicated to the French master, and is sponsored by the Comune of Milan together with the Musée Rodin in Paris.

The exhibition, curated by Aline Magnien, the head conservator at the Musée Rodin in Paris, is divided in three sections: In the first section, a focus on the study of flesh, and sensuality which features some works from the master’s youth – including his “Man with a Broken Nose” (his homage to Michelangelo,) a sculpture that was turned down by the Paris Salon of 1864. The section culminates with “The Kiss” a statue depicting two lovers’ passionate embrace, which created a scandal when first shown. The second section shows off the mature works of the master which show his continuous need to explore new expressive forms, and the third, celebrates Rodin’s studied research in the unfinished, a device which harkens back to the works of Michelangelo. And it is because of this tie to Michelangelo’s unfinished works that the admission ticket to the Rodin exhibition will give discounted admission to the Castello Sforzesco, where Michelangelo’s “Rondanini Pietà” is housed.

The exhibition will continue in Rome at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna di Roma, after its Milan premiere.

Visit the exhibition website, linked here, for more information.






“Il Marmo, La Vita”
Until the 26th of January, 2014
Sala delle Cariatidi
Palazzo Reale
Piazza del Duomo

Previously on Art is Life:

Rare film of Auguste Rodin, the father of modern sculpture, from 1915


2 thoughts on ““Rodin, Il Marmo, La Vita” exhibition brings 60 sculptures by the father of modern sculpture to Milan

  1. I’ve heard he did not carve stone but worked in clay and plaster and hired sculptors to carve pieces based on his clay and plaster models. I don’t know if this is true or not but it is what i’ve heard. At any rate he was a great sculptor.

    • Hey Tom, … Rodin did carve marble – you can see him at work in the film linked below the article – but you are correct, many of his larger pieces were carved by artisans, and then finished by the master… kind of like how some of the marble pieces are produced in the laboratories here in Pietrasanta… Rodin was a great sculptor – one of our personal favorites…

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