On your trip to Philadelphia, you should stop by and check out the Rodin Museum. The location is nestled between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Library. It has a unique ensemble of Beaux-Arts architecture and a formal French garden in which to experience the sculpture of Auguste Rodin. The museum is considered to be one of the defining icons of the city. It houses one of the most comprehensive public collections of work outside Paris completed by one of the world’s most renowned sculptors.
The collection at the Rodin Museum represents every phase of Auguste Rodin’s distinguished career. The collection has over 140 bronzes, marbles, and plasters. The garden located outside the facility displays eight works of art. Visitors can check out works including The Thinker, The Gates of Hell, Adam, The Shade, the Age of Bronze, and Eve. The Gates of Hell and The Thinker have been in the same location since the museum opened in 1929.
There are a few galleries located throughout the indoor part of the museum for visitors to explore. One of the galleries is known as the Maneely Family Gallery. In the gallery, guests will see a series of works that honor writer Honoré Balzac. She was French and lived from 1799 until 1850. Rodin viewed the statue as one of his finest pieces of art.
Another gallery is known as the Zoë and Dean Pappas Gallery. It contains several of Rodin’s studies for major public monuments. The sculptor submitted his projects to competitions that showed works of art to the public. These works commemorated individuals who were vital to the French nation’s political and cultural life.