Classic arts

In the early 1890s, when living in Meudon, Rodin began to collect ancient works of art from Egypt, Greece and Rome, then later from the Far East. Fragments of Venuses, Greek vases and Egyptian figurines in bronze invaded the spaces in which he worked and lived, replacing the rare casts after Antique statues, traditionally present in a sculptor’s studio. As Rodin’s fame grew, the many commissions he received enabled him to purchase over 6,000 works of art between 1893 and 1917.

> Wood

Virgin and Child

Circa 1300, Castille

> Alabaster

Fragment of a Bas-Relief: Head of a Median Tribute-Bearer

732-705 BC


Mid-15th century, Bourges

> Bronze


3rd-2nd century BC

> Limestone

Statue of King Ptolemy III Euergetes I

Ptolemaic Period (332-30 BC)

Head of a Man

Late Period, 25th-27th Dynasty (715-404 BC)

> Marble

Portrait of Gaius Caesar?

20 BC-AD 4

Seated Venus, known as Agrippina

2nd century AD

Weeping Siren

2nd half of the 4th century BC

Colossal Left Hand holding Drapery

1st century AD

Crouching Venus Anadyomene

Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial Period