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The final artwork on our tour is The Age of Bronze, a sculpture by one of the most famous sculptors in the world - Rodin.

As we've seen, the 19th century was a period of incredible artistic invention - in painting as well as in sculpture.

Like many avant-guard artists of the time, Rodin was fed up of representing traditional subjects.

He wanted to represent what was true and authentic.

While sculptors had previously idealised the human body (representing gods, historical figures, symbols...) he wanted to represent men as they were, warts and all.

The name "Age of Bronze" refers to the third age of humanity according to the Greek poet Hesiod.

By using this name, Rodin wanted to signal the arrival of a new age in the history of sculpture. 

Fun fact : Rodin did such a great job of representing the male body that critics accused him of moulding it on a real man - the worse criticism for a sculptor!

Rodin had to fight for years to prove the work's authenticity.

His next sculpture was much larger than life ... in order to avoid any controversy!

That's it for our tour of Orsay! We hope you enjoyed it!

Please share it with art lovers you think might be interested.

If you're looking for a next walk - we recommend trying the Musée Pompidou!

La Joconde, de Vinci (1519)


A Burial at Ornans

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