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Modeled 1888; cast before 1895
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917
Rodin relates a myth about the cyclops Polyphemus in this plaster work. Polyphemus loved the nymph Galatea, but she preferred the shepherd Acis. When the cyclops saw the lovers together, he hurled a rock at them in a fit of rage, crushing Acis and forcing Galatea to jump into the sea. Rodin represents him trying to free the rock with his bent leg....

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