Rodin's Mastery of Marble Is on Display at the Musée Rodin
Thanks to an exhibition called "Rodin, Flesh and Marble," visitors can now discover the little-known marble work of a master sculptor at the Musée Rodin.
Marble is most well known for its usage in works of Greek antiquity as well as the Italian Renaissance. However, famed sculptor Auguste Rodin also used this medium to create a certain number of pieces that all possess his typical style. Much like in Ancient Greek and Italien Renaissance works, Rodin used marble to represent allegories. In the case of Rodin, these allegories are also often related to actual figures who were close to him. As a result, his marble work, just like his work with other mediums, is highly personal.
Because of the emphasis on bodies and movement that is present in much of Rodin's work, it is particularly interesting to see his marble sculptures. When handled properly, marble is the one medium that can most closely resemble skin. Delicate facial features, muscle definition and soft flesh can all be masterfully rendered by an artist who employs his talents on marble.
Another interesting aspect of Rodin's marble pieces is the way in which certain faces and bodies seem as if they have only semi-emerged from the marble. This artistic accent gives us the impression that these works — and these characters — are frozen in time and waiting to be fully realized, something that pulls the spectators even further into the experience.
'Rodin, Flesh and Marble' will be showing at the Musée Rodin until March 3, 2013. Guests staying at the Hotel Regencia therefore have plenty of time to catch this powerful exhibition. Presenting over sixty marble sculptures and studies, the exhibit features many works from private collections that may never be seen again.