Art and Controversy in Philadelphia
The Three Shades
Make your way over to the sculpture and stop when you get to it.
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This is the Three Shades. Its meant to depict the Three Shades from Dante’s Inferno. What makes this sculpture unique, is that the three figures are exactly the same, reproduced from the same cast.
In its day, it was the art equivalent of cloning, and its said that Rodin was the first sculptor to create a piece containing identical, casted, figures.
The figures here were originally characters on The Gates of Hell. The Shades are pointing downward, causing the eye to focus on The Thinker and the other figures falling into damnation.
[1.5 SECOND PAUSE]
Feel free to spend some time wandering around the museum's grounds.
When you're ready to head on, you're going to exit the museum and make your way back to the street.