Auguste Rodin,
Mrs. Russell

Auguste Rodin,
Mrs. Russell

Auguste Rodin, Mrs. Russell
1888, bronze, 32X17.5×24 cm, Inv. n. 520

The face of the woman portrayed in this bronze has marked features, with her hair pulled back in a chignon. The model has classic lines and the composition, representative of the artistic maturity of the sculptor, can be dated at 1888 thanks to its resemblance to a similar portrait belonging to the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. The mould was in any case used for other works in later years, until the Minerva, which can be dated at 1910.

Thanks to the acquisition of the recent publication of the catalogue of the bronze works in the Rodin Museum it is now possible to identify the bust as the portrait of Anna Maria Antonietta Mattiocco della Torre (1863-1908), the wife of Australian painter John Peter Russell.

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