The Thinker

The Thinker

1880-1881

Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)

Bronze

Overall: 182.9 x 98.4 x 142.2 cm (72 x 38 3/4 x 56 in.)

Gift of Ralph King 1917.42

Fun Fact

This enlarged version of The Thinker is one of less than 10 cast during Rodin's lifetime.

Description

The Thinker was first developed as part of Rodin's The Gates of Hell, a sculptured doorway for a proposed museum of decorative arts in Paris. Intended to be part of a relief directly above the doors, the rugged figure was originally conceived as a generalized image of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), who wrote the Divine Comedy.

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