Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Kiss (Francesca da Rimini) at Musée Rodin, Paris

The Kiss, originally named Francesca da Rimini, is an 1889 marble sculpture by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Like many of Rodin's well known sculptures, including The Thinker, the embracing couple depicted in the sculpture appeared originally as part of a group of sculptures decorating Rodin's monumental bronze portal The Gates of Hell, commissioned for a planned museum of art in Paris. The couple were later removed from the Gates and replaced with another pair of lovers located on the smaller right-hand column.

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