One of the world's most recognized and appreciated artistic depictions of physical love. Rodin’s original embracing couple never really kissed – their lips did not touch. Like his Thinker, The Kiss was part of Rodin’s monumental Gates of Hell commission. The couple represents characters from Dante’s Inferno. The woman falls in love with her husband’s brother. When they are discovered, they are killed. This sculpture is hand-cast and hand-finished in crushed stone resin, utilizing a centuries-old casting technique. Artisans apply the patina in a labor-intensive process that requires several layers and specialized shading. The result is a durable statue that stands up to the ravages of time. Measures 9 in.
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