The Golden Age (Aetas aurea), Medardo Rosso
Medardo Rosso
The Golden Age (Aetas aurea)
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Medardo Rosso

The Golden Age (Aetas aurea), ca. 1902


Ohne Sockel
height: 52.5 cm
Mit Sockel
height: 60.1 cm
Inventory Number
St.P670
Acquisition
Erworben 2014 mit Mitteln eines privaten Unterstützers
Status
On display

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About the Work

The sculpture is a fragmentary depiction of a tender touch between mother and child. The shadowy modelling of the surface and the fusion of the figures with their surroundings lend the sculpture a noticeably ethereal effect. Although the work shows the wife and son of the artist, the title points towards a more universal significance: 'The Golden Age' describes the ideal original state of humankind, a utopia of perfect happiness. Rosso's work can be located between Impressionism and Symbolism for its exploratory treatment of light and surface and the simultaneous interplay between atmospheric ephemerality and earthly presence.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Golden Age (Aetas aurea)
Sculptor
Period Produced
Object Type
Material

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Erworben 2014 mit Mitteln eines privaten Unterstützers

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 42B742 mother and child(ren), woman and child(ren) (family group)
  • 61BB2(POZZI, Giuditta)12(+52) historical person (POZZI, Giuditta) - BB - woman - historical person (POZZI, Giuditta) in a double-portrait (+ (POZZI, Giuditta) bust portrait)
  • 61B2(ROSSO, Francesco)12(+52) historical person (ROSSO, Francesco) - historical person (ROSSO, Francesco) in a double-portrait (+ (ROSSO, Francesco) bust portrait)
  • 31D11211 toddler (male)
  • 31A221 head (human)
  • 33A14 embracing each other, kissing
  • 31A254 postures and gestures of arm(s) and hand(s) in relation to another person

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15.05.2019