Death of Athens

WAG 4182


This sculpture expresses Rodin's admiration for classical art and his regret at its passing. Athens, represented by a nude woman, lies beside a fragmentary column, half-submerged by the sands of time, into which she is being pulled by a figure crouched beneath her. This complex sculpture is typical of Rodin's work, both in its symbolism and because one has to move around it to fully appreciate its beauty. Its first owner, James Smith. specially commissioned a turntable on which to display it in his house at Blundellsands, Liverpool.