Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

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Rodin and the art of ancient Greece opened at the British Museum, in London, yesterday. The exhibition will run until 29 July and it said to be one of 2018’s blockbusters. A hundred years after the artist’s death, the exhibition juxtaposes Rodin’s bronze and marble sculptures (many on loan from the Musée Rodin in Paris) with the powerful expression of the Parthenon sculptures.

“No artist will ever surpass Pheidias… The greatest of the sculptors, who appeared at the time when the entire human dream could be contained in the pediment of a temple, will never be equalled.” Auguste Rodin, said in 1911, to acknowledge the influence of classical sculpture on his work.

In the exhibition, the works of the most famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin dialogue with those of his spiritual and artistic mentor, the ancient Greek sculptor Pheidias. By placing The Kiss together with these figures for example, the viewer understands the natural relationship between Rodin’s mastery and Pheidias’ dexterity with marble. In Walking Man, Rodin radically took off the head of his own sculpture in order to make it resemble the Parthenon sculpture, implicitly dedicating his work to his Greek hero.