Auguste (René) Rodin (French, 1840–1917)
Object Place: Europe, France
66 x 44.45 x 34.93 cm (26 x 17 1/2 x 13 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Ceres is one of seven sculptures (all but one named after Greek and Roman goddesses) inspired by Mariana Russell, the wife of Australian painter John P. Russell. Rodin modeled Mariana Russell’s head in wax in 1888. The marbles were carved by professional artisans, but Rodin exerted strict control over their execution and sometimes provided the finishing touches. No specific attribute links this figure to Ceres, Roman goddess of agriculture; the title appears to be a flattering reference to the model’s classical beauty.
1906, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 26, 1906)