RODIN REVISITED -- At the National Gallery East Wing, through January.
The Gates of Hell," centerpiece of more than 350 works by Auguste Rodin spread through four floors of the National Gallery's East Wing, humbles the viewer. Mthical and religious figures writhe in a fluid bronze vision of Dante's Inferno . "The Thinker," looking down from the lintel, contemplates the damnation swirling beneath him. The nine-ton gates are visible from above and, down spiral staircase, the level of the fallen.
"Rodin Rediscovered," the sculptor's larget exhibit yet, includes sculpture, drawings and photographs are in 10 sections that flow from the upper level.
The Paris salons of the 1870s; Rodin's studio; works based on writers, poets, musicians and artists; and, on the ground level, the flowing "Orpheus and Eurydice" and a room of early drawings and studies for "The Gates of Hell," which leads to the piece itself on the concourse. "Offspring" of the gates -- figures including "The Kiss," "The Thinker" and "The Three Shades" -- people and concourse.
Commissioned by France for a proposed museum in Paris, the gates were still in plaster at Rodin's death in 1917. This is the first time the fully assembled portal and its component parts have been shown together in public.