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
Medium 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
Albright–Knox Art Gallery[1] Buffalo, New York United States
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
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek[2][3] Copenhagen Denmark
Honolulu Museum of Art Honolulu, Hawaii United States
Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin Ireland
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University Stanford, California United States
Leeds Art Gallery Leeds England
Lycée Rodin, cour d'honneur[4][better source needed] Paris France
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City, New York United States
Middelheim Open Air Sculpture Museum[5] Antwerp Belgium
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minneapolis, Minnesota United States
Musée d'Orsay[6] Paris France
Musée Rodin[7] Paris France
Museo Soumaya Mexico City Mexico
Museum of Fine Arts Budapest Hungary
Nasher Sculpture Center[8] Dallas, Texas United States
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, Ontario Canada
National Museum of Western Art[9] Tokyo Japan
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
The University Art Museum-Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music[10] Tokyo Japan
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum[11] Tokyo Japan
Victoria and Albert Museum London England
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya Barcelona Spain
Burrell Collection Glasgow Scotland
Legion of Honor San Francisco United States


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  • 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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