The Kiss by Rodin sculpture
of two lovers embracing in a kiss is based on a love story reported by Dante in his Divine Comedy
and sculptured by Rodin for The Gates of Hell
. Francesca's father arranged for her to be married to Gianciotto in a political union to end a war between Malatesta and Rimini. Gianciotto's younger brother, Paolo, was sent to advise Francesca. Upon meeting, they fell in love. Tricked into marriage with Gianciotto, Francesca pursued Paolo until one day they were found in her room. Gianciotto thrust a rapier towards Paolo, but struck both Francesca in her bosom and Paolo. The lovers both and were buried together in a tomb. Their love has frequently been illustrated by artists, as Rodin captures the tenderness of their eternal kiss
In 1880 the French sculptor Auguste Rodin received the commission for the Gates of Hell, a decorative door full of statues for the future Museum of Decorative Arts (Musee des Beaux Arts), to be decorated with low reliefs inspired by The Divine Comedy of Dante. Although the Gates of Hell was never completed, some of Rodin's most famous and memorable pieces were originally done for it including The Thinker, Adam, Eve, and The Kiss
. He sculpted them in several sizes and exhibited them extensively.
Material : Collectible quality, resin with hand-painted color details, matte and glossy finish. Statue replica is from the highly collectible Parastone Museum Collection.
Included : Description card about artist and artwork. Both cards are in four languages. Small:
6"H x 3.25"W x 3.25"L.
Also available in a larger size: PN# RO11 Rodin The Kiss, Large
, 9"H x 5.75"W x 6"D.This is the quintessential gift for an anniversary, wedding or Valentine's day gift!