The Kiss - Rodin
One of the world's most recognized and appreciated artistic depictions of physical love.
This famous couple was to have been part of the monumental Gates of Hell, commissioned from Rodin by the future Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, a work which was not cast in bronze until after the artist's death. The two leaves of this door, covered with a crowd of intertwined characters, illustrate Dante's Inferno. Among these figures, The Kiss was supposed to evoke an episode of the tragic passion of Paolo Malatesta for his sister-in-law Francesca de Rimini. In the end, Auguste Rodin decided not to include it in the composition and presented it to the public as a sculpture on its own. The work was an immediate success and was made in marble and bronze in different sizes.
Among the couples of lovers, so frequent in the work of Rodin, The Kiss is far from being the boldest. Yet it has always been considered as the symbol of sensuality and its extraordinary fame can be explained by its powerful sensitivity and the skillful arrangement of its forms.
The symbol and description "Reproduction - Musée Rodin" guarantee the authenticity of the sculpture reproduction.
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