Arnaldo's son Alfo working in the Egregia studio.
These sculptures are made following the workmanship handed down
during the time of the able Tuscan artisans, practised in reproduction
of classic sculptures Each piece is entirely hand-fineshed. Egregia
produces the very finest bonded marble figures available from
Italy. This would be a great gift.
The passionate love of Francesca da Rimini
and Paolo Malatesta was a theme which Rodin had from the beginning
decided was to be a part of The Gates of Hell. He had thought
to present this romantic story in different aspects and The Kiss
was probably conceived as a portrayal of their earthly passion.
When he realized that this was unsuitable for the gates, Rodin
removed the figures to make them an individual statue.
The form of the lovers emerges from the highlights and shadows
of the statue. Light and shade were used by Rodin to create an
impression of actuality. He did with modeling that which his
contemporaries, the French impressionist painters, were doing
with pigment. He was a genius through and through, certainly
one of the greatest of sculptors. He simulated the effect of
actual flesh but he also emphasized details to make clear the
inner feelings of the figures. For example, the convulsive contraction
of the toes of the man's right foot and the tenseness of his
hand contrast with the woman's thigh. Such details reveal much
of the passion which inflames the lovers, but they reveal it
with taste and refinement.