I’ve been to Musée Rodin, 79 RUE DE VARENNE – PARIS, once. Art, Culture and Civilization’s Facebook post of Danaid was not there but it reminded of my visit to the museum years ago anyway.  And, in turn, that I don’t have a single post on this blog featuring sculptors so this post is introducing a new tag: Sculpture.

Artist: Auguste Rodin, 1840 – 1917

French Impressionist Master Sculptor
Title: Danaid. c. 1890. Marble. Sculpture.
Place of Creation: France
Style: Impressionism
Gallery: Private Collection
Tags: Greek-and-Roman-Mythology, Danaid

Danaid. c. 1890. Marble. Auguste Rodin

Danaid. c. 1890. Marble. Auguste Rodin


ADDENDUMIn Greek mythology, the Danaides were the 50 daughters of Danaus. They were commanded by Aegyptus, a mythical king of Egypt and Danaus’s twin brother, to marry his 50 sons. Danaus elected to flee instead, and to that purpose, he built the first ship that ever was according to Naturalis Historia, an encyclopedia published circa AD 77–79 by Pliny the Elder. 

In the most common version of the Daughters of Danaus myth, all but one of them kill their husbands on their wedding night, and are condemned to spend eternity carrying water in a sieve. In the classical tradition, they come to represent the futility of a repetitive task that can never be completed (see also Sisyphus).