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“This is art for all people to enjoy, which happens so rarely in real life.”

Rodin Sculpture Garden
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Stanford
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

The Rodin Sculpture Garden contains a selection of 20 Rodin bronzes on the beautiful Stanford University campus. We visited the garden, which is free and open to the public, on a sunny spring Saturday afternoon. The garden is just outside the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. The sculptures are stunning and laid out in a very meticulous pattern leaving plenty of space to fully appreciate each piece. We had a guided tour of the sculpture garden by a local expert (times on web site) and were encouraged to appreciate the close attention to detail given by Rodin to each figure, facial expression and curve of every limb. We spent quite a while admiring each piece, and were encouraged to touch the spectacular bronze pieces outside in the fresh air. Our favourite Rodin work is "The Thinker" (quite appropriate in a high-level academic institution!) and his "Burghers of Calais". The "Gates of Hell" are bronze doorways depicting scenes of Hades, in the style of Hieronymus Bosch' "Last Judgment", which is a bit scary, and fronted by "Adam" and "Eve". There are also numerous smaller pieces inside the adjacent Cantor Arts Center. There is an amazingly informal lack of rules and regulations about the sculpture garden, which is open at all hours with lighting for nighttime viewing, There are no guards there to direct people not to touch the sculptures; this is art for all people to enjoy, which happens so rarely in real life.

Thank John M
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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Stanford has the most complicated Rodin sculpture collections. Many people picnic by the garden. It’s festinating to watch the video in the art museum that demonstrated how these sculptures were made.
Be sure to tour the art museum while you are in sculpture garden.

Thank charmingccc
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Reviewed February 21, 2018 via mobile

The boyfriend and I went there while on a casual, art date. The sculptures are all originals either made by Rodin himself or under his personal guidance. Although you’ve got the gates of hell in the background, it can be a very romantic setting if the weather is right. I recommend going into the garden AFTER you’ve seen the Rodin sculptures inside the Cantor. There’s more info inside about his work and the pieces in the garden.

Thank kim p
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Reviewed January 29, 2018

This garden definitely adds to the rich culture of Stanford & definitely a must visit for Rodin lovers. This is free and you should spend time to explore the statues . If anyone has ever visited University of Viswa Bharati @ Shanitiketan , India , you can draw parallels of similar display you see there by Ramkinkar Baij. Rodin is amazing , the gate of hell is a must watch. This one must be the replica . The plaster original was restored in 1917 and is displayed at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris .

Thank Tripish123
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

Definitely drop in if on Stanford's gorgeous campus. Grand works curated by the Cantor museum. Free museum.

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