Art and Controversy in Philadelphia
Toward the Rodin Museum
Continue straight. We're heading toward the Rodin Museum.
The pay-what-you-wish museum houses the largest collection of Rodin’s sculptures outside of Paris.
Exploring the museum’s garden is free.
Rodin was a French sculptor who pushed the boundaries of art.
During Rodin’s time, sculptures were expected to retain a classical look. Like David or The Venus de Milo, with their ripped bodies and aloof expressions, sculptures depicted their subjects as flawless, god-like, creatures.
Rodin felt that sculptures had a soul, and wanted to give his subjects a sense of humanity. Whether it’s the weary, furrowed, face of The Thinker, to emphasis man’s internal contemplation, or the larger than normal hands and feet of the Burghers of Calais to highlight their heavy burden, Rodin sculpted outside the box.
In film today, many people prefer a light-headed adventure, over a bleak, heart wrenching drama. So to were the citizens of Rodin’s time. They weren't fond of gazing into the face of a statue and suddenly feeling the need to contemplate their own humanity.