Auguste Rodin / Titans, Support for a Vase / c. 1876Auguste Rodin
Titans, Support for a Vase
c. 1876

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Creator Name: Rodin, Auguste
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: designed and made by
Creator Dates/Places: 1840 - 1917
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Auguste Rodin
Title: Titans, Support for a Vase
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1874
Creation End Date: 1878
Creation Date: c. 1876
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic
Materials and Techniques: glazed earthenware
Dimensions: Overall: 36.8cm x 33.5cm x 35.6cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1995.71
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Context: Although inscribed with the name of the sculptor Carrier-Belleuse and associated with one of his drawings that shows a large, globular vase supported on a stand with seated male figures around its perimeter, it has long been accepted that in fact the figures themselves were modeled not by Carrier-Belleuse but by an assistant in his studio, the young Auguste-Rodin. It has been further suggested that this work was competed very shorly after Rodin returned from a trip to Italy. We know from his writings that Rodin was profoundly moved by the works of Michelangelo that he saw in Florence and Rome, and the expressive modeling of the figures on this base seem certainly to have been inspired by Michelangelo's design of flanking figures from his decoration of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The emotional energy of these figures became a significant characteristic of Rodin's mature sculptural style and finds one of its earliest expressions in the modeling of these Titans.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1995.71
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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