Auguste Rodin, “Andromède,” 1888, marble, 11 1/8 x 12 3/8 x 71/2 inches

An extraordinary marble sculpture by modernist icon Auguste Rodin with an equally intriguing history heads to the auction block in one week.

On May 30, Artcurial will make available a stunning marble sculpture by Auguste Rodin. Titled “Andromède,” the sculpture displays a nude young female, draped over a rock — arguably one of the most beautiful and sensual examples of its mythological subject. The sculpture has been with the same family since its production in 1888 — over 130 years.

Other examples of the striking sculpture exist today, housed in important Rodin collections all over the globe, including the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, the Musée Rodin in Paris, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. Scholars suggest the original is the most accomplished in its naturalist transcription.

Auction estimates are between €800,000 and €1,200,000. To learn more, visit Artcurial.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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