Admire the sculpture of The Kiss

  • Musée Rodin, Paris, France

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    Musée Rodin, Paris, France

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Admire the sculpture of The Kiss paris fr

Celebrated French sculptor Auguste Rodin has had a museum dedicated to him in Paris since 1919, housed in an 18th-century mansion surrounded by three hectares of peaceful and romantic gardens. ‘The Kiss’ is one of his most celebrated sculptures, its blend of eroticism and idealism making it one of the great images of sexual love. The depicted couple are the adulterous lovers Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, whose passion grew as they read the story of Lancelot and Guinevere together (the book can just be seen in Paolo’s hand). There’s a feast of other sculptures to marvel at here, including those by Rodin’s muse Camille Claudel. The collections reflect Rodin's taste for art collections – drawings, prints, paintings, ceramics, photographs and antiques – and outside in the garden are three masterpieces: ‘Le Penseur’ (The Thinker), ‘Les Bourgeois de Calais’ (The Burghers of Calais) and ‘La Porte de l’Enfer’ (The Gates of Hell).

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