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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Auguste Rodin, French (Paris, France 1840 - 1917 Meudon, France)
Study for "The Gates of Hell": Shades Speaking to Dante
Other Titles
Original Language Title: La Porte de l'Enfer
Work Type
c. 1883
Physical Descriptions
Black ink, gray wash, and white gouache over graphite on tan wove paper with ruled lines
irregular: 19.4 x 11.8 cm (7 5/8 x 4 5/8 in.)
Scott and Fowles, New York; acquired by Grenville L. Winthrop, January 1926 ($450); his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Drawing is irregularly shaped like an upside-down "L" and is laid down to tan paper, itself laid down to blue mount.
Publication History

Octave Mirebeau, Les dessins d'Auguste Rodin: 129 planches comprenant 142 dessins reproduits en facsimile par la Maison Goupil (2 vols.), Maison Goupil, pl. 42 (as "Ombres parlant à Dante")

G. Dargenty, "Le Salon national", L'Art (1883), repr. pg. 33

Roger Marx, "Cartons d'artistes", L'image (September 1897), pp. 294-95

Philip R. Adams, Auguste Rodin, Hyperion Press (New York, 1945), pl. 1

Martin Birnbaum, Jacovleff and Other Artists, Paul A. Struck (New York, 1946), pl. 28

Albert Edward Elsen, Rodin's Gates of Hell, University of Minnesota Press (Minneapolis, 1960), pg. 16, pl. 15

Albert Edward Elsen and J. Kirk T. Varnedoe, The Drawings of Rodin, Praeger Publishers (New York, 1971), pp. 61-62, fig. 42

Claudie Judrin, Inventaire des dessins, Editions du Musée Rodin (Paris, France, 1984 - 1992), p. 375

Catherine Lampert, Rodin: Sculpture and Drawings, exh. cat., Arts Council of Great Britain/Yale University Press (London, England and New Haven, CT, 1986), under no. 52

Ruth Butler, Rodin: The Shape of Genius, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1993), fig. 61a

Chikashi Kitazaki and Mina Oya, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, 2002), p. 59, fig. 14

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), cat. no. 115, repr. (color)

Drawing on Fresh Interpretations, Index Magazine, Harvard Art Museums (March 17, 2017), [e-journal], http://magazine.harvardartmuseums.org/article/2017/03/17/drawing-fresh-interpretations, accessed 3/20/2017

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 101, 282, repr. p. 101 as fig. 4

Exhibition History

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/21/2017 - 05/07/2017

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