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The Sirens

Modeled 1887; cast 1925
Artist/maker: Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952
This group depicts sea nymphs from Greek mythology who lure sailors to their destruction through their enchanting song. Like many other works by Rodin associated with water—such as Danaid (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2003-4-1) or Oceanides (Philadelphia Museum of Art, F1929-7-13)—the fluid shapes suggest a smooth sensuality, which stands in strong contrast to the women’s malicious behavior. These figures can be seen, reduced in scale, halfway up the left panel of The Gates of Hell (Philadelphia Museum of Art, F1929-7-128)....

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