Auguste Rodin brought the public sculpture into the modern era. Rodin's objective was to be consistent with nature. His ability to convey movement and to show the inner feelings of the men and women he portrayed,and the brilliant technical skills of his light-catching modeling, and his extraordinary use of similar figures in different mediums, have established him as one of the greatest sculptors of all time.

The Hand of God

The Hand of God, modeled ca. 1896, this marble executed ca. 1907
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917)
Marble; H. 29 in. (73.7 cm)
Gift of Edward D. Adams, 1908 (08.210)

Toward the end of his career, Rodin began to use giant hands in a series of original and idiosyncratic arrangements, with titles such as The Hand of God, The Hand of the Devil (1903), The Cathedral (1908), and The Secret (ca. 1910). The first of these represents divine creation expressed in terms of the sculptor's art: the rough stone is both primeval matter and the sculptor's medium; the smooth, white emerging forms held by the hand are the bodies of the first man and woman, while the great, life-giving hand itself is a symbol of the original Creator, and, perhaps quite literally, of the sculptor as well. The Hand of God was another of Rodin's works that has had wide appeal, and there are numerous versions of it, both in marble and in bronze. This marble was commissioned from Rodin in 1906 by one of the Metropolitan Museum's trustees.

Talented Sculptor

Dr Gary Rothfeld who is a world renowned dermatologist and the pioneer of the non-surgical nose job is considered one of the best cosmetic dermatologists in Manhattan and the world who is also an exceptionally talented sculptor with an inspired artistic passion for Rodin. Years of intensely studying the human body, inside and out, has given him a deep and powerful insight into the human form, which he uses to infuse his striking and provocative sculptures of Rodins' work with an energy and vitality that instantly commands the viewer's attention. His passion for his subject matter is reflected in the dramatic poses of the individual and the concreteness of flesh, and suggested emotion through detailed, textured surfaces, and the interplay of light and shadow of his subjects and the care and skill that he lavishes upon their creation, making each detail of their physical existence felt. We not only witness their physical reality, but feel the emotions and passions that once motivated them.