~ The Kiss ~
See: The Kiss
at the Musée Rodin in Paris
stay: at the luxury Victoria Palace Hotel
A visit to the Musée Rodin to see the beautiful and seductive marble sculpture The Kiss
is a must when you visit Paris, as it exudes the sensibilities of the most romantic city of all.
The museum also exhibits Rodin's other most significant sculptures The Thinker and The Gates of Hell.
The perfect complement to your visit to the Musée Rodin is a stay at the luxurious and romantic Victoria Palace Hotel in nearby Saint-Germain-des-Pres which strikes the perfect balance between traditional elegance and exceptional comfort.
The Kiss is one of Auguste Rodin's most famous works, was completed in 1899 in white marble and like many of his sculptures was originally part of his monumental bronze portal The Gates of Hell. The couple represented in The Kiss were eventually removed from The Gates of Hell and replaced by a different pair of lovers.
The sculpture depicts the 13th century noblewoman Francesca da Rimini and her lover Paulo who is her husband's brother, as represented in Dante's Inferno, which can be seen in his hand. Notice also in the sculpture that the lovers lips do not actually touch, representing the non-consumation of the tryst.
The Kiss was originally commissioned by the French government, but such was it's appeal that Rodin produced 2 additional replicas for the eccentric American collector Edward Perry Warren in 1900 and for Carl Jacobsen in Copenhagen in 1903. Many high-quality smaller copies were made after Rodin's death in marble and bronze.
Like The Kiss Rodin's The Thinker was also originally part of his portal The Gates of Hell to represent Dante considering his great poem as he sits on top of the gates. Comprised of bronze and marble, the first version was completed in 1902 and became the property of the city of Paris after its citizens raised the funds to purchase the sculpture.
The most well-known of Rodin's pieces it has been used worldwide to represent philosophy and intellectual pursuits, and features on many textbook covers and articles. More than 20 cast of the sculpture were produced - some larger than the original - and grace museums around the world.
The Rodin Museum was formerly the Hotel Biron where Rodin stayed from 1908. On his death in 1917 he donated all his sculptures plus other works of art to the country on the condition that the hotel be converted into a museum to exhibit his work. Subsequently it opened in 1919 as the Musée Rodin and it contains not only his most celebrated work The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell, but also pieces by van Gogh and Renoir, as well as numerous works by Camille Claudel.
The museum is one of the most accessible in Paris as it is centrally located at the Varenne metro stop, has comparatively inexpensive entrance fees and contains attractive gardens which display some of Rodin's work. A pretty lake with a café is located at the rear of the museum.
~ Rodin Museum near the Invalides ~