With a few more weeks left of summer break and for those lucky ones (still) in Paris, here is an activity that will delight little and big ones as they stroll through the mesmerizing garden of the Musée Rodin.
As an artist, Auguste Rodin spent his life focused on movement. He used to say: “I always tried to convey internal feelings through the representation of muscles in motion”. In his study and depiction of the human body, Rodin spent hours and hours observing how it moves. His work on limbs was fundamental. He kept and accumulated pieces of arms, hands, legs and feet (the “bozzetti” or “abattis” in French) from his work and studies. From these bozzettis made of clay and plaster he drew inspiration. He constantly reinvented uses for his bozzettis: assembling, enlarging, separating or recycling them. From his “Porte de l’Enfer” that you can see in the garden arose many great pieces that were either enlarged or reduced and singled out, such as “Le Penseur”, “Les Ombres” – without their hands on the Porte de l’Enfer but reassembled in the stand alone piece – and many others that you can see scattered around the garden.
> See if you can identify to which sculptures the following hands and feet belong.
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Truly excellent scavenger hunt in a marvelous museum! We played “I Spy” and other scavenger hunt games with our kid as we made our way through much of Europe and the USA when she was little. We wrote about this and other strategies for happy family travel through the world’s great museums in our book (Explore The World With Your Kids!). This is the best example of it that I have seen for Paris so far! Well done.
Thanks BWLEtravel, happy you like it. We have more of these in our series as well. Except for Paris, our series is focused on Asian destinations so far. We would love to hear your opinion if you travel to these parts of the world 🙂
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Thanks. We have not made it to Asia with our daughter yet. Kate loves Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur so its probably only a matter of time. Teen is interested also in Tokyo. But we focus our travel on the USA and Europe. So we are compatible geographically. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the series!
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Asia has amazing places for kids and teens. Let us know when you visit with Kate 🙂