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The Age of Bronze
The Age of Bronze
The Age of Bronze
The Age of Bronze
The Age of Bronze
The Age of Bronze
The Age of Bronze
The Age of Bronze
The Age of Bronze
The Age of Bronze

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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'The Age of Bronze' was Rodin’s breakthrough sculpture when exhibited in 1877, after years of jobbing work. It was initially claimed to have been cast from life, which caused something of a scandal, but once this was refuted, the French state acquired a bronze cast and Rodin’s fortunes turned. Ultimately, he became the most famous sculptor of his age and indeed lauded as the greatest since Michelangelo.

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H 180.5 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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purchased at Christie's, 1942

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