Getty Museum Debuts New, Rare Auguste Rodin Sculpture

Auguste Rodin, Christ and Mary Magdalene (1908). A marble sculpture recently acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum. Photo: courtesyJ. Paul Getty Museum.
Auguste Rodin, Christ and Mary Magdalene (1908). A marble sculpture recently acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum. Photo: courtesyJ. Paul Getty Museum.

Los Angeles’s Getty Museum has just acquired its first sculpture by renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin, a 1908 marble piece titled Christ and Mary Magdalene reports the Los Angeles Times. The three-and-a-half-foot tall work went on view at the Getty Center in Brentwood on Tuesday.

Though it is thought to show Mary Magdalene embracing Jesus during his crucifixion, the piece is somewhat ambiguous in subject. During his lifetime, Rodin also referred to the work as The Genius and the Pity.

The sculpture was purchased from London’s Daniel Katz Gallery for an as of yet undisclosed price, and becomes only the second Rodin artwork in the institution’s permanent collection. Previously, the Getty acquired Sphinx, a Rodin watercolor, in 2008.

Also debuting yesterday at the museum was Pietro Tacca’s Belvedere Antinous, a two-foot-tall seventeenth century bronze male nude recently acquired from Sotheby’s. The piece is based on a Roman marble owned by the Vatican Museums.


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