He sculpted a man embracing a girl (5)
I believe the answer is:
'he sculpted' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)
'a man embracing a girl' is the wordplay.
'a man' becomes 'ron' (short for Ronald).
'embracing' indicates putting letters inside.
'a girl' becomes 'di'.
'ron' placed around 'di' is 'RODIN'.
(Other definitions for rodin that I've seen before include "Great French sculptor of 'The Thinker' etc" , "He sculpted" , "French sculptor of The Kiss, d. 1917" , "Sculptor of The Thinker and The Kiss" , "Auguste -, French sculptor" .)