The Gates of Hell

by Auguste Rodin

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Gates of Hell at the Rodin Museum

Credit: T. Scheid for GPTMC

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Modeled 1880-1917; cast 1926-28
Rodin Museum
Rodin Museum entrance
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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.