Rodin’s Age of Bronze

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“The Age of Bronze”, Rodin’s first recognized masterpiece sculpture was was exhibited in Brussels and Paris in 1877. The life-sized male nude was such a departure from academic sculpture that Rodin was accused of casting from a live model which was prohibited – a charge that was disproved by photographs the artist kept on which the sculpture was based. This controversy drew the public’s attention to the thirty-seven-year-old sculptor and marked the true start of his career, which would last forty years.