The Age of Bronze

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The Age of Bronze
French: L'Âge d'airain
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The Age of Bronze, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany (2006).
Artist Auguste Rodin (1840–1917)
Year 1877 (first exhibited)
Type Statue
Material Bronze
Dimensions Life size

The Age of Bronze (French: L'Âge d'airain) is a bronze statue by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840–1917). The figure is of a life-size nude male, 72 in. (182.9 cm) high. Rodin continued to produce casts of the statue for several decades after it was modelled in 1876.


When the statue was first exhibited at the 1877 Salon in Paris, France, Rodin was falsely accused of having made the statue by casting a living model, a charge that was vigorously denied. This charge benefited Rodin though, because people were so eager to see this for themselves.

Casts of the statue can be found in several museums around the world, including:

Institution City Country
Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin Germany
Schlossmuseum Weimar Germany
Chiado Museum Lisbon Portugal
Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland, Ohio United States
Columbus Museum of Art Columbus, Ohio United States
Honolulu Museum of Art Honolulu, Hawaii United States
Leeds Art Gallery Leeds England
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City, New York United States
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minneapolis, Minnesota United States
Musée d'Orsay Paris France
Museo Soumaya Mexico City Mexico
Museum of Fine Arts Budapest Hungary
Nasher Sculpture Center[1] Dallas, Texas United States
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, Ontario Canada
New Orleans Museum of Art New Orleans, Louisiana United States
Princeton University Art Museum Princeton, New Jersey United States
Rodin Museum Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States
Victoria and Albert Museum London England
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya Barcelona Spain
Burrell Collection Glasgow Scotland

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Database (undated). "Auguste Rodin". Nasher Sculpture Center. Retrieved 3 May 2012.


  • Le Normand-Romain, Antoinette; Judrin, Claude; Vassalo, I. (1997). Vers l'âge d'airain, Rodin en Belgique: Exposition. Paris: Musée Rodin editions. ISBN 978-2-901428-60-2.

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