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Title... Ludwig van Beethoven by Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) created numerous splendid statues.

He also sculpted Beethoven in a medallion for the Royal School of Music of Brussels. This sculpture dates from 1874.

It would seem that Rodin was inspired by another bust created by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887)...
Some of the pictures that I took in Brussels. Click on the boxes to see the photos enlarged...

Beethoven at Brussels, by Rodin

The Conservatoire Royale de Musique
in Brussels.

Beethoven at Brussels, by Rodin

In some books, one could find a picture of this sculpture said wrongly to be Beethoven by Rodin...

Beethoven at Brussels, by Rodin

The real work by Auguste Rodin...

Beethoven at Brussels, by Rodin


Beethoven at Brussels, by Rodin

It is the Beethoven by Rodin!

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Title... Ludwig van Beethoven in Ypres
Beethoven in Ypres

The façade of the community theatre in the town of Ypres notably presents a medallion in relief of Ludwig van Beethoven.


My thanks to Claudie for the information and the photos.

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Title... Another bust of Ludwig van Beethoven in Belgium

There exists also a bust of Beethoven, by Guglielmo Cacciani (1893-1969).

Having become a qualified sculptor at the age of 19 he was invited to sculpt several pieces for the Verdi's monument at Parme: the Troubadour, the Force of Destiny, Alzira and Falstaff.

Afetr the First World War he won a competition for his bust of Beethoven, for a conservatoire in Belgium.

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Many thanks to Hannah SALTER for her translation of this page from French into English
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