Rodin's rediscovered Andromeda up for auction.

Auguste Rodin's Andromeda has been found 130 years after its creation on the Morla Lynch family's property and will be sold at auction.

On the occasion of the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death, theAndromeda, a sculpture created by the famous French sculptor, will be auctioned in Paris on May 30, 2017, by the auction house Artcurial, which was rediscovered in Madrid at the Morla Lynch family estate 130 years after its creation. It was found by Stéphane Aubert and Bruno Jaubert, the two associate directors of Artcurial.

The story of this sculpture began when in 1888 Chilean diplomat Carlos Morla Lynch, a friend of Rodin, commissioned the artist to paint a portrait of his wife Luisa. The work was exhibited at the Salon National des Beaux Arts and pleased the public so much that the French government expressed a desire to purchase it for inclusion in the collection of the Musée du Luxembourg, with Morla Lynch’s approval. The latter is on display today at the Musée d’Orsay.

To thank the couple, Rodin gave them a sculpture depicting the mythological figure of Andromeda, a naked girl on a rock.
There are five examples of this work, three of which are on display in major museums, the fourth belongs to a private collection, and the fifth, which is the one that will be sold at auction, will be on public view at the Brussels, Vienna and Milan offices of the auction house Artcurial.

In Milan, Andromeda will be shown from May 4 to 6, 2017.

Source: press release

Image: Auguste Rodin, Andromeda (1887; marble, 28.1 x 30.7 x 18.5 cm)

Rodin's rediscovered Andromeda up for auction.
Rodin's rediscovered Andromeda up for auction.

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