Ceres

French
19th century
1896
Auguste (René) Rodin (French, 1840–1917)


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

66 x 44.45 x 34.93 cm (26 x 17 1/2 x 13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

06.1910

Medium or Technique

Stone; Marble

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

White marble


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.

Provenance

1906, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 26, 1906)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift