The largest collection ever exhibited of sculptures by Auguste Rodin – over 60 works – is on view in Milan’s Palazzo Reale from Thursday 17 October.
The world-renowned French artist (1840-1917), generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, is arguably best known for his life-size portrait of Francesca da Rimini and her lover, The Kiss. Regarded as scandalous when first exhibited in 1887, it has pride of place in the first section of the exhibit, dedicated to “the flesh and sensuality” of his earlier work, as the catalogue puts it. This section will also include Homme au nez cassé, a homage to Michelangelo, whom Rodin considered his muse.
In a second section, containing his later, more classical pieces, the maestro’s research into form and aesthetics provide the theme. Here, works will include a bust of his lifelong companion Rose Beuret, as well as the sensual Mains d’amant. A third section will contain his unfinished works, including a portrait of Victor Hugo. The whole exhibition, fruit of cooperation between the Musée Rodin in Paris and the Comune of Milan, is curated by the curator in chief of the French collection, Aline Magnien.
In a move to provide an opportunity to consider the influence of Michelangelo on Rodin, visitors to the exhibition can view the former’s Pietà Rondanini, in the Castello Sforzesco, at the reduced entrance fee of €1.50, while visitors with a ticket to the Castello gallery can view the Rodin exhibit at the discounted price of €9.50, including audio guide. Full entrance price €11 with various discounts available.
Mon 14.30-19.30; Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun 09.30-19.30; Thu, Sat 09.30-22.30.