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Creator Name: Rodin, Auguste
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1840 - 1917
Creator Name-CRT: Auguste Rodin
Title: Vénus Astarté (Semitic goddess of fertility and love)
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1895
Creation End Date: 1905
Creation Date: c. 1900
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: plaster
Dimensions: Overall: 14.2cm x 9.5cm x 1.6cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2000.22
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Provenance: Claude Roger Marx, Paris; [Christie's East, New York]
This relief of a female nude standing in water may represent the only time the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin provided an ornament for a precious object: a gold and enamel hand mirror (see photo) designed by Felix Braquemond (1833-1914). The mirror-acquired by the museum in 1978-was made for Baron Joseph Vitta, one of Rodin's most important patrons during the years around 1900, and it was probably for this reason that the artist agreed to the commission. This plaster cast of Rodin's nude was an intermediate version of the subject. Although the images on the mirror and the plaster cast were clearly derived from the same mold, there are significant differences in the figure's hair. Rodin probably changed the wax version (from which the gold relief of the mirror was made by lost-wax casting) before he used it.
AMICA ID: CMA_.2000.22
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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