The Hand of God

The Hand of God

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Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

By modelling this bold work, Rodin broke away completely from all types of traditional compositions and adopted a form that appealed directly to the imagination. The hand powerfully moulding the matter from which the human being is created represents the divinity bringing forth humanity from emptiness. It is also a symbolic image of the artist inventing a world.

Auguste Rodin had a deep knowledge of the art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It has been established that the origin of the Hand of God was a study for a hand used for two of the personages in The Burghers of Calais whose gestures express farewell and despair. This is a particularly interesting example of Rodin's gift for giving completely different meanings to works composed of common elements.


Each reproduction requires great expertise   and draws on the skills of the Rodin Museum's teams and craftsmen. It is from the official moulds from the museum's collections that the most accurate resin reproductions are made. They are then hand-patinated to give it the appearance of bronze, plaster or marble.

Finally, they are validated and checked by the Musée Rodin’s curators to ensure that they comply with moral rights.

Reproductions come with an explanatory note about the history of the work.

The seal and the mention “Reproduction - Musée Rodin” guarantee the quality and origin of the sculpture reproduction.

Dimension: H. 17 ; W. 16 ; D. 16 cm
Weight: about 1.5 kg
Material: resin with hand-made bronze patina