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This resin reproduction covered in a powdered marble finish depicts Auguste Rodin Large The kiss sculpture also taken from The Gates of Hell, Rodin’s Opus Magnus. Initially, it depicted the figures of Paolo and Francesca from Dante's Inferno, who were indicted to Hell for eternity since they kissed each other after Francesca had married Paolo's sibling. In 1893, The Kiss was submitted to the World Columbian Fair in Chicago, however, the American authorities found the statue excessively provocative for a pubñic art show. It was displayed in a private space only accessible with an 'exceptional authorization'. Maybe because of this secret room, the exhibit was extremely successful and right up 'til today The Kiss has stayed a standout amongst the most prevalent of Rodin's artworks. The commission for his notorious work the Gates of Hell occupied the sculptor for two decades, intended to serve as a pair of doors for a planned Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. Rodin worked on the project for 20 years, but the museum was never built. It was not until after the sculptor’s death that others cast his still unfinished work in bronze. The governmental commision allowed Rodin to choose his own subject. He selected the gates of hell, based on Dante’s Inferno and Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal. Originally inspired by Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, which he had seen in Florence, Rodin quickly abandoned the idea of a series of framed narrative panels and decided instead to cover each of the doors with a continuous writhing mass of tormented men and women, sinners condemned to Dante’s second circle of Hell for their lust. More Details Auguste Rodin Large The Kiss (1886) - White Sculpture: