Wednesday, July 30, 2008

'The Kiss' - Auguste Rodin

                                    kuss

Everyone has seen Rodin's 'The Kiss' so often it's almost become a dead metaphor.  Here's it is in its original 86cm high clay study, from a different angle than you'll be used to.

And did you know, like Rodin's 'Thinker,' it was inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy?  'The Kiss' itself was first titled Francesca da Rimini, and illustrates the noblewoman immortalised in Dante's Inferno (Circle 2, Canto 5) who falls in love with her husband's younger brother while together they read the story of Lancelot and Guinevere, and is killed for her indiscretion by her jealous husband. Rodin places the storybook in the male's hand...

Labels: , ,

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

Respond with a polite and intelligent comment. (Both will be applauded.)

Say what you mean, and mean what you say. (Do others the courtesy of being honest.)

Please put a name to your comments. (If you're prepared to give voice, then back it up with a name.)

And don't troll. Please. (Contemplate doing something more productive with your time, and ours.)

<< Home