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).
ArtistAuguste Rodin (1840–1917)
Year1877 (first exhibited)
DimensionsLife 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.

Rodin had a Belgian soldier pose for the statue, keeping photographs which survive (in the Rodin Museum). The pose partly derives from Michelangelo's Dying Slave in the Louvre Museum, which has the elbow raised above the head.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed]

Casts of the statue can be found in many museums, including:

Institution City Country
Albright–Knox Art Gallery[1] Buffalo, New York United States
Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin Germany
Museum Folkwang Essen 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
Nationalmuseum[4] Stockholm Sweden
Honolulu Museum of Art Honolulu, Hawaii United States
Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin Ireland
Instituto Ricardo Brennand Recife Brazil
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University Stanford, California United States
Leeds Art Gallery Leeds England
Lycée Rodin, cour d'honneur[5][circular reference] Paris France
Maryhill Museum of Art Maryhill, Washington United States
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City, New York United States
Middelheim Open Air Sculpture Museum[6] Antwerp Belgium
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minneapolis, Minnesota United States
Musée d'Orsay[7] Paris France
Musée Rodin[8] Paris France
Museo Soumaya Mexico City Mexico
Museum of Fine Arts Budapest Hungary
Nasher Sculpture Center[9] Dallas, Texas United States
National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C. United States
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, Ontario Canada
National Museum of Western Art[10] 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
Tokyo University of the Arts, The University Art Museum[11] Tokyo Japan
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum[12] 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
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna Rome Italy
Chrysler Museum of Art[13] Norfolk, Virginia United States


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "L'Age D'Airain (Age Of Bronze) > Search Our Fine Art Collection > Collection > Albright-Knox Art Gallery".
  2. ^ "Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek by Brian McMorrow".
  3. ^ "Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark".
  4. ^ "Nationalmuseum, Stockholm".
  5. ^ fr:Lycée Rodin
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-09-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Musée d'Orsay: Auguste Rodin The Bronze Age".
  8. ^ "The Age of Bronze - Rodin Museum".
  9. ^ Database (undated). "Auguste Rodin" Archived June 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Nasher Sculpture Center. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Auguste Rodin - The Age of Bronze - Collection - The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo".
  11. ^ "[ID:7584] 青銅時代 : 収蔵品情報 - 収蔵品データベース - 東京藝術大学大学美術館".
  12. ^ "Profile of Works - TOKYO FUJI ART MUSEUM".
  13. ^ "Chrysler Museum European Painting and Sculpture Collection".


  • 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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