Rodin Museum, Philadelphia

I left you yesterday getting some fresh air in Philadelphia after a walk back through time through in the Academy of Natural Sciences.

 photo DSC02359_zpsj1odyfhs.jpg

Philadelphia is full to bursting with fantastic museums. You will never be bored in the city because, no matter what your interests are, you can find a museum for you where you can waste away an entire day in happiness.

Even better, many of them are in the same general area, letting you museum hop between them all.

So, after pulling myself away out of the Jurassic and a hop-skip-and-a-jump later, I found myself at the Rodin Museum.

Rodin was an artist who’s name I was familiar with but wouldn’t be able to pick out his art from anything so I figured this was a perfect opportunity to see what the hype was all about.

 photo Rodin Museum_zpszhkolozq.jpg

The museum has a very European feel.

You first pass a massive sentry who determines whether you’re worthy to enter, through an entryway into a large courtyard and then up into the museum.

 photo The Thinker_zpsb2feqciy.jpg

 photo Rodin Museum Philadelphia_zps5e30r8gz.jpg

As you walk up the stairway to the doors, you’re met with one of Rodin’s most famous works: The Gates of Hell.

The Gates took him 37 years to create (can you imagine working on something for 37 years?).

They were originally inspired by Dante’s The Divine Comedy but as he continued to work on it, it stopped becoming a representation of that and became a depiction of universal human emotions.

The narrative is of a chaotic world filled with over 200 people suffering from pain and despair.

The original doors were a plaster model but were cast in bronze for the museum in the 1920’s.

 photo The Gates of Hell_zpswykoq4ji.jpg

 photo The Gates of Hell 2_zpsb1guhuh7.jpg

The museum is on the smaller side. There is a main room with a few smaller rooms branching off in the corners but it’s not sparse by any means.

There are around 140 sculptures in bronze, marble and plaster. The first I saw was of Victor Hugo who just happens to be one of my very favorite authors.

 photo Victor Hugo Bust Rodin_zpslqfpum95.jpg

 photo Rodin Museum Display_zpssbnr3pbh.jpg

I think what makes Rodin so amazing is his ability to capture and freeze emotions – something I think many artists attempt but few succeed.

 photo Rodin Sculpture_zpskyua6ugi.jpg

 photo Rodin Museum Busts_zpsikehyxuh.jpg

 photo Eternal Spring Rodin_zpsg4223usd.jpg

After seeing every inch of the museum, I exited into the bright sunshine once again, took a stroll around the courtyard and headed off for one last museum.

 photo The Rodin Museum Courtyard_zpstqrr1mfa.jpg

What do you think of Rodin? I think with artists people either love them or hate them. I loved Rodin but I definitely think his work is some you need to see in person. What do you think?

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Rodin Museum, Philadelphia

Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: