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Place des Terreaux 20 (1e)
(Jardin du Palais Saint-Pierre)

L'Ombre ou Adam

The Shade or Adam

Other names: The Slave or The Titan
Auguste Rodin
Alexis Rudier Fondeur (Paris)
c. 1880 (1904)

Lyon /  L'Ombre <i>ou</i> Adam   Lyon /  L'Ombre <i>ou</i> Adam


Sculpture conceived around 1880. It represents Adam, one of the damned characters of L'Enfer (Hell), a poem written by Dante Alighieri in the 14th century. The artist deliberately created this sculpture without its right hand to emphasize the expression of impotence. The bronze version at the Museum of Fine Arts, executed by Eugene Rudier seems to be the only version faithful to the original model. The figure was later used in triplicate for Rodin's The Three Shades, itself part of The Gates of Hell. The original individual figure had no right hand - Rodin had Josef Maratka add one in 1904 for both the individual figure and The Three Shades.

Jardin du Palais Saint-Pierre

The garden of the Palais Saint-Pierre is a municipal garden located within the the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon. It is a rectangular garden delimited by the arcades of the old cloister of the Benedictine abbey. It is located right in the city center on the peninsula. Like the Museum, the garden is open every day, except Tuesdays and holidays.

In the garden a number of sculptures of the museum is placed:

Bronze sculptures

Marble sculptures

At the walls:


Sources & Information


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Item Code: frra107; Photograph: 12 August 2018
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