La Danaïde, height 6 cm. Rodin's marble sculpture of the mythological figure Danaïde, one of the daughters of King Dánaos.
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La Danaïde (1885)
Greek mythology tells about Danaïde and her forty-nine sisters who married the fifty sons of Aegyptus. Their father, King Danaos, who is in conflict with Aegyptus, orders his daughters tot kill their husbands during thei wedding night. Their punishment for their horrendous crime was to spend the rest of their lives in the underworld, flling vessels with water which could never be filled. This story gave Rodin the opportunity to visualise tot the total exhaustion of the female body. The marble stresses the fluent curves and reflects the aestheticism of Art Nouveau.
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