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Accession #THKSS01

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Accession #THKSS01

12.00

1.6" x 1.3"
3D Relief Pin
Double Posted
Rubber Clasps

Inspired by "The Kiss" by Auguste Rodin

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1.6" x 1.3"
3D Relief Pin
Double Posted
Rubber Clasps

Inspired by "The Kiss" by Auguste Rodin

The Kiss (French: Le Baiser) is an 1882 marble sculpture by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The embracing couple depicted in the sculpture appeared originally as part of a group of reliefs decorating Rodin's monumental bronze portal "The Gates of Hell," commissioned for a planned museum of art in Paris. The couple were later removed from the Gates and replaced with another pair of lovers located on the smaller right-hand column.

The sculpture, The Kiss, was originally titled "Francesca da Rimini," as it depicts the 13th-century Italian noblewoman immortalised in Dante's Inferno (Circle 2, Canto 5) who falls in love with her husband Giovanni Malatesta's younger brother Paolo. Having fallen in love while reading the story of Lancelot and Guinevere, the couple are discovered and killed by Francesca's husband. In the sculpture, the book can be seen in Paolo's hand. The lovers' lips do not actually touch in the sculpture, suggesting that they were interrupted and met their demise without their lips ever having touched.

Learn more about the work that inspired this pin HERE.