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The Hand of God

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
modeled ca. 1896–1902, carved ca. 1907
Culture:
French
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 29 × 23 3/4 × 25 1/4 in., 508 lb. (73.7 × 60.3 × 64.1 cm, 230.4 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward D. Adams, 1908
Accession Number:
08.210
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
Rodin presents the inchoate figures of Adam and Eve cradled in God’s hand. The composition is an homage to his revered "master" Michelangelo, the Renaissance artist whose unfinished figures materializing out of rough stone symbolize the process of artistic creation. In this work, Rodin boldly equates the generative hand of God with the ingenious hand of the sculptor. When the collector B. Gerald Cantor saw The Hand of God at the Met in 1945, it initiated what has been called a "magnificent obsession." Cantor’s support of scholarship and his unparalleled gifts to American and French museums helped to revitalize interest in Rodin in the second half of the twentieth century.
Signature: Signed: A. Rodin
Edward D. Adams (until 1908; to MMA)
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