Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Gates of Hell
Modeled in clay 1880-1917; cast in bronze 1926-28
In 1880 Rodin was commissioned to create a set of bronze door for a new museum in Paris. Inspired by The Divine Comedy, written by Dante Alghieri (Italian, c. 1265-1321), Rodin planned to decorate the doors with characters that Dante met on his fictional journey through hell. The sculptor eventually discarded the idea of a strict narrative and instead created a weightless, chaotic world filled with more than 200 figures in the throes of pain and despair. Although the planned museum never came to fruition, Rodin worked on the sculpture for nearly thirty-five years, periodically adding, removing, or modifying elements on it.
Location. 39° 57.711′ N, 75° 10.43′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Benjamin Franklin Parkway near N 21st Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Thinker (within shouting distance of this marker); Rodin Museum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frank N. Piasecki (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Soldiers And Sailors Memorial A Home For Art (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francisco De Miranda (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Grand Cultural Boulevard (approx. ¼ mile away); Central Library (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
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