Cathedral (Auguste Rodin)

Item #AF0179

Size: 8.25in W. x 16.5in H. x 8.25in L.

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  • The Cathedral bronze sculpture of two life-like right hands touching
  • The Cathedral bronze sculpture of two life-like right hands touching
  • The Cathedral bronze sculpture of two life-like right hands touching
  • The Cathedral bronze sculpture of two life-like right hands touching

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The Cathedral bronze statue after Auguste Rodin is composed of two right hands belonging to two different figures.  These larger-than-life-size hands were originally carved in stone and later cast in various editions in bronze.  Toolmarks captured in the stone castings are visible in this bronze after cast offered by Art of Bronze.   It was entitled The Ark of the Covenant, before being named The Cathedral, very probably after the publication of Rodin’s Les Cathédrales de France, in 1914. Parallels may be drawn between the mysterious inner space that seems to emanate from the composition and Gothic architecture.

This incredible sculpture was part of a prominent California art collection.  The hands are believed to have been cast over 20 years ago.  Each hand has a wonderful one-of-a-kind aged patina coloring.  These life-like hands are for a true Rodin enthusiast.

Rodin is known for his ability to forgo realism and decoration in favor of using texture, surface details, and light and shadow to convey emotion. His focus on inner emotion and suffering is a turning point in the history of art and serves as a hallmark of Modernism.

Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917) French Sculptor, born in Paris in 184, died in Meudon in 1917.  He is considered one of the prominent sculptors of the modern era.  His statues St. John the Baptist Preaching, Eve, The Age of Bronze, and The Thinker are world famous.  Rodin died on Nov. 17, 1917, and was buried at Meudon.  When Rodin was 76 years old he gave the French government the entire collection of his own works and other art objects he had acquired. They occupy the Hotel Biron in Paris as the Musee Rodin and are still placed as Rodin set them.  He played a pivotal role in redefining sculpture in the late nineteenth century, both excelling at and transcending the academic Beaux-Arts tradition.  His work redefined sculpture. Possessing an ability to organize a complex, turbulent, deeply pocketed surface, he set himself apart from the predominant figure sculpture tradition of the time.  Rodin’s most notable sculptures were roundly criticized during his lifetime.  A pose might be considered too informal; the lack of a traditional theme found wanting; the exactness of his forms too real; or the “unfinishedness” of his surfaces disrespectful.

We hope you enjoy browsing our wide-ranging selection of over 500 different indoor sculptures cast in the ‘lost wax’ process.  Each sculpture is hand finished in a one-of-a-kind patina coloring.  Because of the process of heating up bronze and applying chemicals, no two patinas are exactly the same.  Additionally, our team of professionals can create custom patinas to meet your specific needs.

No matter the size of your sculpture, you can be assured we will help guide you through the delivery and maintenance requirements.  Every sculpture will have different requirements depending on the sculpture size and patina coloring finish.  Safety and security are also important issues when owning a bronze sculpture.  Art of Bronze can professionally weld stainless steel mounting brackets to the bottom of your sculpture to allow permanent outdoor installation.  For indoor sculptures, we recommend museum tape.  To properly address any concerns or issues, contact us today.

Call Art of Bronze today at (805) 908-5355 to learn more about our – indoor figurative bronze sculpture – modern bronze sculpture artwork – Auguste Rodin sculpture art – Rodin home décor – impressionism the Cathedral bronze sculpture – indoor gallery bronze statue and sculptures.

  • Patina / Coloring

    Art of Bronze is known for its exclusive and beautiful patinas. We specialize in creating traditional patinas of brown, burgundy, green (verde) or a brown & verde green combination. We are also experts in creating exotic colors. Let the Art of Bronze enhance the wonderful quality and detail of your new sculpture with our world-class patinas. No two patinas are exactly a like which will make your sculpture a unique treasure.

  • Maintenance

    Bronze lasts forever and will never rust, warp or contort. It is an alloy (a mixture of metals) and will oxidize over the years. This process will not hurt the statue. In fact, it can enhance the beauty by turning the statue many wonderful shades of greens, blues, whites and yellows. For the client that wants to maintain the original patina/coloring of their newly acquired work of art, Art of Bronze has several secrets. Every statue and placement will have different requirements and it is best to discuss your needs with Art of Bronze.

  • Installation

    Art of Bronze specializes in creating monuments for city and state governments, corporations and developers throughout the country. We are very proud of our 30 years of expertise. No matter the size of your sculpture, you can be assured we will help guide you through the installation to permanently secure your statue. Every sculpture whether private or public will have different requirements. Call Art of Bronze today and we will discuss your needs with you.