Love in Art

The concept of love has been one of the most prominent themes depicted in art throughout history. 

The Kiss was originally designed to be part of The Gates of HellRodin’s monumental sculptural group work depicting a scene from Dante’s Inferno. This well-known sculpture shows adulterous lovers Paolo and Francesca, who are surprised and killed by Francesca’s husband while sharing their first kiss. Rodin realized that the sensuality of this depiction didn’t fit with the theme of his project, and he transformed the piece into an independent work. Although the eroticism of the sculpture caused controversy when it was first exhibited in 1887, Rodin went on to make three full-scale marble versions of the sculpture, as well as smaller versions in terracotta, bronze, and plaster.

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