Rodin Works: The martyr


Like 'The Torso of Adèle', 'The Kneeling Fauness', 'The Crouching Woman', 'The Falling Man' and 'The Head of Sorrow', the body of 'The Martyr', appearing in the tympanum of 'The Gates of Hell', hovering over the 'Kneeling fauness', developed into a multi-purpose module to signify 'lost souls' in many different constellations. We recognize her figure with the typically outstretched arms and reclining head with minor variations in 'Avarice and Lust' and 'The Fall of Icarus' including variations like 'The Broken Lily' and 'The Fall of Illusion, Sister of Icarus'. We also find 'The Martyr' back in 'Pygmalion and Galatea', 'Orpheus and the Furies' and in a pediment for the Villa La Sapinère in Evian.


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