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Age of Bronze, 1875-1876, cast in 1901

Auguste Rodin
French, 1840 - 1917
bronze
181 x 65.5 x 54 cm
Purchased 1956
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6473)

For his model, Rodin selected a young Belgian soldier. He insisted the man keep his arms raised - using a pole for support - in order to highlight the contours of his torso and legs. So true to life was the result that, when the sculpture was first exhibited in Brussels and Paris, the critics declared it must have been made from a cast of a living model.