Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

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The accompanying title to the Museum's major exhibition, Rodin and the art of ancient Greece, 26 April 2018 - 29 July 2018.

Rodin, famous for The Thinker and The Kiss drew his energy and inspiration from the art of Classical antiquity, and he absorbed and assimilated the models of ancient Greek and Roman art within his own work in innovative ways. He introduced the idea of the headless, limbless torso as an object of art in its own right in his art work.

The Parthenon sculptures in particular were a life-long passion for Rodin which he went onto draw first-hand on several visits to the British Museum.

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece tells the story of the reception of the Parthenon sculptures in the modern era, as well as Rodin's continued engagement with them throughout his life.

The works featured, encompassing a great range of Rodin's sculptures and drawings together with selected sculptures from the Parthenon and Rodin's own collection, are explored thematically, shedding new light on the life and art of one of the greatest and most radical sculptors of the modern age.

More about the authors

Celeste Farge is co-curator of the Rodin exhibition. She was co-curator of Defining Beauty: The body in Ancient Greek Art and was curatorial assistant for the exhibition In Search of Classical Greece: Travel Drawings of Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi 1805 -1806 (2013). She has catalogued the collection of drawings after the antique and travel drawings in the Department of Greece and Rome at the British Museum.

Bénédicte Garnier is in charge of the antiquities collection at the Musée Rodin at Meudon. She curated the exhibition La Passion - l'oeuvre, Rodin et Freud collectioneurs (2008) and co-curated the exhibition Rodin. La lumiere de l'antique (2013). Her publications include Rodin: Antiquity is My Youth: A Sculptor's Collection (2002) and Rodin intime: La villa des Brilliants a Meudon (2015) .

Ian Jenkins is Senior curator of ancient Greek art at the British Museum, London, and has published widely on the archaeology and art history of ancient Greece and Rome. His books include Archaeologists and Aesthetes (1992), an intellectual history of the sculpture collections of the British Museum, The Parthenon Frieze (1994), Greek Architecture and Its Sculpture (2006), The Parthenon Sculptures in the British Museum (2007) and Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art (2015).

  • Product Code: CMC9780500480304
  • NUMBER OF PAGES: 240
  • FORMAT: hardback
  • Dimension: 28.7cm x 25.5cm
  • SUBTITLE: Thames & Hudson
  • Editors: Benedicte Garnier, Ian Jenkins
  • Exhibition: Rodin and the art of ancient Greece
  • Illustrations: 203
  • Details: 28.7cm x 25.5cm
  • Weight: 1650.00 Kg

The accompanying title to the Museum's major exhibition, Rodin and the art of ancient Greece, 26 April 2018 - 29 July 2018.

Rodin, famous for The Thinker and The Kiss drew his energy and inspiration from the art of Classical antiquity, and he absorbed and assimilated the models of ancient Greek and Roman art within his own work in innovative ways. He introduced the idea of the headless, limbless torso as an object of art in its own right in his art work.

The Parthenon sculptures in particular were a life-long passion for Rodin which he went onto draw first-hand on several visits to the British Museum.

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece tells the story of the reception of the Parthenon sculptures in the modern era, as well as Rodin's continued engagement with them throughout his life.

The works featured, encompassing a great range of Rodin's sculptures and drawings together with selected sculptures from the Parthenon and Rodin's own collection, are explored thematically, shedding new light on the life and art of one of the greatest and most radical sculptors of the modern age.

More about the authors

Celeste Farge is co-curator of the Rodin exhibition. She was co-curator of Defining Beauty: The body in Ancient Greek Art and was curatorial assistant for the exhibition In Search of Classical Greece: Travel Drawings of Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi 1805 -1806 (2013). She has catalogued the collection of drawings after the antique and travel drawings in the Department of Greece and Rome at the British Museum.

Bénédicte Garnier is in charge of the antiquities collection at the Musée Rodin at Meudon. She curated the exhibition La Passion - l'oeuvre, Rodin et Freud collectioneurs (2008) and co-curated the exhibition Rodin. La lumiere de l'antique (2013). Her publications include Rodin: Antiquity is My Youth: A Sculptor's Collection (2002) and Rodin intime: La villa des Brilliants a Meudon (2015) .

Ian Jenkins is Senior curator of ancient Greek art at the British Museum, London, and has published widely on the archaeology and art history of ancient Greece and Rome. His books include Archaeologists and Aesthetes (1992), an intellectual history of the sculpture collections of the British Museum, The Parthenon Frieze (1994), Greek Architecture and Its Sculpture (2006), The Parthenon Sculptures in the British Museum (2007) and Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art (2015).

  • Product Code: CMC9780500480304
  • PAGES: 240
  • FORMAT: hardback
  • Weight: 1650.00 Kg