Sotheby’s “Divine Comedy” Exhibition (2010)

A detail from “Mankind’s Eternal Dilemma — the Choice Between Vice and Virtue” by Frans Francken the Younger, circa 1633

“…Now Sotheby’s is encroaching on dealer territory yet again but in a slightly different way. This month it is opening ‘Divine Comedy,’ an exhibition of some 75 works organized around the theme of Dante’s epic poem.
The show, on view from Sept. 30 through Oct. 19, will include about 75 works dating from the first century to the present and culled from collectors, artists, dealers and foundations.” [. . .]    –Carol Vogel, The New York Times, September 9, 2010

The Thinker Sells For Record Price

the-thinker-rodin“The Thinker is one of the most recognizable sculptures in the world. It even has a role in the film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Last week one of the Thinker sculptures by French master Auguste Rodin was sold at auction for more than 3 million euros ($4.2 million) in Paris at auctioneers Drouot. This Thinker, which is just 28.5 inches high, set a record for any of the Thinkers. This statue is part of a series of 21 sculptures made by Rodin. It was originally meant to be part of Rodin’s Gates of Hell inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. Rodin made a first small plaster version around 1880 and the first large scale bronze was presented to the public in 1904. This particular Thinker was purchased by Emile Chouanard in 1917, the same year it was cast. Another Rodin statue owned by Chouanard, ‘Little Eve’ also sold for a record price of over 2.4 million euros at the auction.”    –Deidre Woollard, Luxist, June 22, 2009

Contributed by Patrick Molloy