Michelangelo: Quest for Genius

Art Gallery of Ontario

October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015


Auguste Rodin (1840–1917)

Thinker detail

Auguste Rodin, Le Penseur (The Thinker) (detail), Conceived 1880; cast early 1920s. Bronze, Height: 69.9 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario Gift of Mrs. O.D. Vaughan, 1977

To complement the rare Michelangelo drawings on view, the AGO has installed ten sculptures by 19th century French sculptor Auguste Rodin who was deeply influenced by the work of the Renaissance master.

Although Auguste Rodin was to become the most famous sculptor of his age, his early years in Paris were full of struggles and setbacks. After he was rejected by the French state-run art school three times, he turned to Michelangelo for spiritual and artistic guidance, studying his famous works on a trip to Italy in 1876.

Because Rodin challenged the status quo, he was faced with relentless criticism and controversy throughout his long career. Yet, like Michelangelo, he persevered. Rodin brought a new psychological and physical energy to his depictions of the human body in celebrated works like The Burghers of Calais and The Gates of Hell.

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Background image: Michelangelo, Study for the Porta Pia in Rome, c.1561. Black chalk, pen and ink with brown wash, white heightening. 47.0 x 28.0 cm Casa Buonarroti