Auguste Rodin, 'Dante'

Auguste Rodin, 'Dante'

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
'Dante'
About 1908
Terracotta
Height 19 cm
Museum no. A.50-1914
Given by the artist

Rodin gave this work the title 'Dante' when it was first exhibited at Grosvenor House in July 1914. He was a great admirer of Dante, and The Inferno was the initial inspiration for the subject matter of The Gates of Hell. The head is actually a portrait of the American businessman and writer John Wesley de Kay (1872-1938), of whom Rodin made several busts around 1908.