St. John the Baptist Preaching.
 Rodin, Auguste, 1840-1917

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Title:St. John the Baptist Preaching

Early in his career, Auguste Rodin created life-size sculptures that were so realistic, his critics argued that he had modeled them using actual persons. To answer them, Rodin began working on a larger-than-life sculpture of John the Baptist.

In this work, intentionally shown in its setting in what was originally Rodin's house and workshop, John the Baptist seems alive, striding, giving a sense of active energy. Rodin accomplished this by modeling each leg in a separate position of rapid walking, so that the passion and energy of this herald of Christ springs forth. His outstretched hand and slightly opened mouth catch him in a moment of preaching the word of Christ's coming.

Artist:Rodin, Auguste, 1840-1917
Building:Musée Rodin
Object/Function:Sculpture, freestanding

Scripture:Luke 3:7-18
Mark 1:4-8
Person as Subject:John, the Baptist
Lectionary links:CAdvt03

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Attribution:Rodin, Auguste, 1840-1917. St. John the Baptist Preaching, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved February 25, 2020]. Original source:
Record Number:54190 Last Updated: 2017-10-31 10:47:18 Record Created: 2009-02-02 14:50:53
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition