Manchester Art Gallery

Eve

Object description

Eve was originally intended, with Adam, to flank the Gates of Hell, the huge portal inspired by Dante's Inferno, which Rodin worked on from 1880 intermittently until his death. The figure represents Eve with the knowledge of Sin after the expulsion from Paradise. Rodin deliberately recalls Michelangelo's version on the Sistine ceiling: but the figure's huddled, inward-moving pose is a picture of individual suffering. The case exhibited here was commissioned from the artist by the Art Gallery Committee in 1911.