Our destination was the Stanford Theater in Palo Alto, and cousin Barbara suggested a short drive around a section of the Stanford University campus before the double feature at the theater.
The Center's exhibition presents its entire Rodin collection, 200 works in all. The Cantor Arts Center's collection of Rodin bronzes is among the largest in the world. The majority of the collection occupies three ground-floor galleries. Approximately 170 works by Rodin are on view inside the Center, mostly cast bronze, but also works in wax, plaster, and terra cotta.
Twenty bronzes, including The Gates of Hell on which Rodin worked for two decades, are outside in the Sculpture Garden.
"The Gates of Hell, which only a few privileged critics had been allowed to see, then took on symbolic value: of Rodin's boundless creative genius for some, of his inability to finish anything, for others. It was not exhibited until the Great Exhibition of 1900 and even then in an unfinished state.
“At the top of the Gates, the group of the three Shades is, in fact, in an extremely modern approach, the triple repetition of the same figure with one arm missing. Shown below is a large sculpture of The Three Shades found nearby.
On the pier, The Thinker (Dante himself) is on the brink of the abyss.
Thirty minutes to glimpse at the sculptures in the garden was simply not enough time to study even one of these sculptures.