Rodin On The Web
Paris and Meudon, France.
Located at the Hôtel Biron in Paris and in Rodin’s studio and home in Meudon, the Museum has the largest Rodin collection in the world. The website is in French and English. It includes a fine overview of Rodin and his work, as well as long illustrated articles by the Museum’s curatorial staff — all illustrated. There are links to its collections and archives of photographs and papers, as well as information on its programs, two locations and hours, buildings and gardens.
The French Ministry of Culture database includes more than 9000 items by/about Rodin, as well as detailed notes on each piece of sculpture. Included too are at least 120 Rodin drawings. This is a remarkable site but it takes some work to know how to use it.
A privately-posted website, this has lots of information for lovers and researchers of Rodin, including listings of where to find Rodin collections all over the world. It’s out-of-date, but still very valuable.
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts
Stanford University, Stanford, California.
The Cantor Center is home to the largest Rodin collection in this country, most of it gifts from the Cantor Foundation. The Center has freshly installed its Rodin galleries; they are superbly instructive about Rodin and his ideas and techniques. The website has many photos of the CCVA Rodin Collection, as well as other pertinent information.
Rodin Museum of Philadelphia
Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this collection began as the gift of Jules Mastbaum, an early American movie theater magnate who collected Rodins in the 1920s. The Rodin Museum holds more than 120 works and includes monumental casts of The Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, and The Thinker. Photographs of the entire collection are on this website.
The California Palace of the Legion of Honor
San Francisco, California.
Part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Legion is home to many important Rodins, including casts of The Three Shades, The Thinker, and The Call to Arms. Its website has a searchable catalogue of the collection, which includes nearly 120 Rodins.
National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery’s collection contains sculptures, drawings, and prints by Rodin. The website has a searchable database of the collection. Each entry lists the location in the museum, its exhibition history, literature about the work, and its provenance. There are also webtours and many other resources.
North Carolina Museum of Art
Raleigh, North Carolina.
In the spring of 2010 the North Carolina Museum of Art dedicated its new building, which prominently included the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Court and the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Garden. These spaces — transparent to each other and “dancing with natural light” — exhibit nearly 30 Rodin bronzes, gifts from the Foundation. This major gift exemplifies the Cantors’ commitment to having centers around the nation where people can come face-to-face with significant Rodin collections.