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The Kiss [Kiss]

RODIN, Auguste (1840 - 1917)

The Kiss

Media: bronze

Size: 182.9 cm

Acquired: 1940; Gift; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2499

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

The Kiss derives from a group conceived for Rodin's Gate of Hell, representing the doomed lovers Paolo and Francesca in Dante's Inferno. In 1887 the French State commissioned a larger than life marble version, which was first exhibited in 1898. The bronze edition to which this work belongs was cast by Alexis Rudier, who became Rodin's founder in 1902. Purchased by Gwendoline Davies in 1912, it was included in the Loan exhibition organised by the National Museum of Wales in 1913 which opened in the City Hall in Cardiff.



Annie Hodges
24 February 2018, 15:28
The Kiss is one of my favourite pieces & I made many visits when at university until 2007.
We’re visiting next weekend - is it still there?
Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
20 November 2017, 10:05
Hi there Alan,

Thank you for your interesting question! I will pass it on to our department of Art and post their response here.

Best wishes,

Digital Team
Alan Owen
19 November 2017, 18:36
319 bronze copies were made of The Kiss but under French law only the first 12 are deemed original. Is the Cardiff copy one of those?
Ruth Evans
21 August 2017, 12:59
I spent a relaxing afternoon on my own at the museum/art gallery 18 Aug 2017 and was delighted to see The Kiss amongst other wonderful exhibits. One of the best afternoons I have spent for a very long time. What a truly fantastic selection.
Pat Devine
4 March 2017, 21:28
Fascinating collection of art work and what a privilege to have in our national museum
Nigel jones
15 February 2017, 19:32
As a young teenager I was fascinated by this sculpture- endlessness walking around it to see how the shapes became embroiled in each other. Mesmerising!
Luke Todd
2 September 2010, 09:25
One of my favourite pieces within this particular museum :)
Martyn Hutchison
16 August 2010, 09:10
To see this sculpture close to was great.
I could examine it all round the 360 degrees
Completely superlative!
Amgueddfa Cymru Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
9 February 2010, 14:53
Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately The Kiss is not on display at the moment due gallery refurbishments - it is due to be back on display in April 2010.
9 February 2010, 14:01
How can I see this please? Peter Evans

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