Gates of Hell at Cantor Arts Center

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Photo By Peter Watts

Gates of Hell at Cantor Arts Center - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

This panorama was taken from a square next to the Cantor Arts Center in which are a number of bronzes by Rodin, including the famous Gates of Hell.

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A bronze casting of the Gates of Hell by Rodin stands on a dias to the left of the Cantor Arts Center (full name: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University). The square in which the sculpture stands also contains a number of other Rodin bronzes.

The Gates of Hell sculpture were created by the French artist Rodin. It was commissioned in 1880, due for delivery in 1885, but Rodin kept workng on it for 37 years until he died in 1917. The French name is 'La Porte de l'Enfer'. Rodin based his Gates of Hell on a section from the Devine Comedy, written by Dante, known as 'The Inferno'. It stands 6m high and 4m wide with 180 figures within the sculptural group. A number of the figures within the group were later enlarged by Rodin to become sculptures of their own. Among these are The Thinker, The Kiss, The Three Shades, Meditation, and Adam and Eve.

50 more works by Rodin are found within the Cantor Arts Center Museum, the largest collection outside Paris. Another sculpture group, the Burghers of Calais, stand in the Memorial Court of the unversity, which links The Oval with the Main Quad.


The Cantor Arts Center
Lomita Drive and Museum Way
Stanford, CA 94305-5060
Telephone: 650-723-4177


The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts is at the end of Museum Way, off to the right of Palm Drive just before The Oval.

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