Foundry mark lower right side: Alexis Rudier/Fondeur. PARIS
Made in France, Europe
Modeled 1880-1917; cast 1926-28
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952.
20 feet 10 3/4 inches x 13 feet 2 inches x 33 3/8 inches (636.9 x 401.3 x 84.8 cm)
Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929
For nearly four decades prior to his death, Rodin worked on this highly detailed sculpture inspired by Dante's Inferno. Originally commissioned for a planned museum in Paris, The Gates inspired some of Rodin's most notable creations, including The Thinker. The massive bronze cast, located at the entrance to the Rodin Museum, is one of two commissioned by Philadelphia theater entrepreneur Jules Mastbaum.