How Rodin Captured Human Frailty and Divine Compassion

In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, discover the intense anguish of Auguste Rodin’s "Esculape Dit Aussi Ex Voto", offered in our Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale on 15 May. This striking work portrays a wounded woman cradled by Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. Rodin drew great inspiration from Michelangelo and his traditional pieta arrangement here recalls the marble "Pieta" by the Italian master. Conceived of towards the end of his career, "Esculape" exemplifies Rodin’s extraordinary ability to render the physical extremes of human experience in bronze. This stunning bronze comes from the collection of prominent Dallas philanthropist Ruth Sharp Altshuler. Called the most influential woman in Dallas, she mobilized and inspired civic leaders and society doyennes alike through her charisma, charm, and innate generosity.  The intelligence and compassion demonstrated through her public service extended to her private life and the works in her personal collection.

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