About this artwork

Count Ugolino appears in Dante's 'Inferno' Canto XXXIII. He is imprisoned with his two sons and grandsons and they beg him to feed off their flesh to keep himself alive. They die one by one and at last Ugolino gives in to the terrible temptation of hunger. The subject was very popular with artists in the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and was most famously depicted by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Henry Fuseli. Rodin, however, chose to concentrate purely on the anguish of the central character in his bronze.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Auguste RodinFrench (1840 - 1917)
  • title:
    Tête d'Ugolino
  • date created:
    1884
  • materials:
    Bronze
  • measurements:
    12.70 x 9.00 x 10.50 cm (figure size); 7.30 x 7.30 x 7.20 cm (base size)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Elizabeth Watt Bequest 1989
  • accession number:
    NG 2517
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin