The Hand of God (Rodin)

WC Art Encyclopedia August Rodin

Rodin believed that an individual’s character was revealed by his physical features. He had a great talent for surface modeling. It allowed him to let every part of the body speak for the whole. He even went so far to consider fragments as autonomous work and the essence of his artistic statement. Towards the end of his career he hence began to use giant hands in his work. The work is titled The Hand of god, The Hand of the Devil, The Cathedral or The Secret and usually there exist numerous versions of the same work. One marble version of The Hand of God had been commissioned by one of the Metropolitan Museum’s trustees and is on display at the MoMA in New York.

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