Rodin formed this group as a new, independent sculpture by pairing the figure of an old, bearded man originally created for The Gates of Hell with the kind of lithe female figure that appears frequently in his work. The likely source for this grouping is Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which tells the story of Glaucus, a fisherman who was transformed into a sea god and fell in love with the beautiful nymph Scylla. Characteristically, Rodin did not attempt a precise illustration of the myth, probably intending the title to be thematically evocative.
before 1891, cast 1972
7 7/8 × 6 1/8 × 4 7/8 in., 5.5 lb. (20 × 15.6 × 12.4 cm, 2.49kg) (show scale)
Foundry mark, back lower edge: ".Georges Rudier./.Fondeur. Paris."
Copyright mark, proper left side, lower edge: "© by Musée Rodin 1972"
Back, base: "A. Rodin"
Interior, raised stamp: "A. Rodin"
Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
This item is not on view
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Glaucus, before 1891, cast 1972. Bronze, 7 7/8 × 6 1/8 × 4 7/8 in., 5.5 lb. (20 × 15.6 × 12.4 cm, 2.49kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 84.75.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.75.5_front_PS2.jpg)
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