Rodin was a incredibly talented sculptor in his ability to convey physical and emotional torment in his sculptures, notable in the sculpture of Adam (also uploaded on Scan the World, explore it here). As suggested in a study of the full sculpture, the hands of Adam highlight Rodin's huge influences from Michelangelo.
"Two of Michelangelo's works explain the meaning as well as the genesis of the strange gestures Rodin gave to Adam, for as Albert Elsen observed in the catalogue for an exhibition titled Rodin at the Museum of Modern Art in New York: the right arm alludes to The Creation of Man, the Sistine Chapel fresco in the Vatican; the left is borrowed from the dead Christ of the Pietà in the Cathedral of Florence. Elsen continued: "the figure is framed by the beginning and end of life, between (these), his body shows its tortured existence."
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