Mouseion Sculpture The Cathedral hands by Auguste Rodin
The Cathedral - hands by Rodin
Rodin was fascinated by the expressiveness and symbolism of hands. In his famous sculpture ''The Cathedral'' for example, the hands mirror majestic Gothic architecture. These two graceful hands are a study for ''The Secret'', a marble sculpture in which two right hands clutch an abstract, rectangular ''secret''.
- Statue replica is from the highly collectible Parastone Mouseion 3D Collection
- Made from solid resin with hand painted bronze finish
- Size: 26 x 14 x 13 cm
- Comes in a gift box
Additional comments on this work of art:
“Cathedral Hands” (1908) looks at the sacred space in which we explore life, death and spirituality with a refreshing emphasis on our humanity. “Cathedral” disposes of the grandiose symbol of an actual cathedral, rendering faith “human,” and thus, much more personal and fragile. Traditionally, the word “cathedral” evokes a religious sanctuary for thoughts on the preciousness of life and death in relation to a specific faith. But in “Cathedral” Rodin suggests a new idea: that perhaps, in our exploration of life and death, we need only look inside ourselves – inside the sanctuary of our minds, and the ‘cathedral’ that is the human body.
“Cathedral” was realized many times by Rodin, but one element stayed the same: the fact that the sculpture is made up of two right hands, each belonging to two different figures. We can also draw some parallels between the “mysterious inner space” and the composition of classical gothic architecture, says the Rodin Museum of Paris, as both show an intense interest in emptiness that can evoke the absence of life and inescapable nature of death. Thus, Life in “Cathedral” is represented as the tender joining of two ‘right’ and honest hands, while Death becomes the empty space – and fate – that constantly surrounds it.