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The Death of Adonis
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The Death of Adonis


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Description According to Greek mythology, the goddess Aphrodite fell passionately in love with the beautiful youth Adonis. When he was killed in a hunting accident, Aphrodite's grief was so overwhelming that the gods allowed Adonis to come back to earth for six months each year and then return to Hades. Rodin, wishing to make his work easily available, relied on studio assistants to create bronze or marble sculptures from his clay models. A plaster cast of this piece, dating from before 1888, was included in an exhibition held by Rodin in Paris in 1900.
Conservation

The sculpture was cleaned prior to loan. The sculpture has no losses or major damage. The surface was soiled and grimy.

Date Description Narrative
6/26/1972Treatmentcleaned
8/01/1984Treatmentcleaned
8/18/1984Treatmentcleaned
11/24/1987Treatmentloss compensation; coated
1/31/1992Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
1/12/2015Treatmentcleaned; examined for loan
Exhibitions
  • Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • Metamorphosis: The Studio of Rodin. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem; Groninger Museum, Groningen. 2015-2017.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
after 1888
Medium
marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
27.491
Measurements
H: 14 × W: 16 1/2 × L: 26 3/8 in. (35.56 × 41.91 × 66.99 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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