The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of July 27, 2016

The Thinker, 1880-1881

bronze, Overall: 182.90 x 98.40 x 142.20 cm (72 x 38 11/16 x 55 15/16 inches). Gift of Ralph King 1917.42

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 (1265-1321)r.

signed on base near sinister foot: "A. Rodin."

Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; March 4-May 6, 2001. "Conserving the Past for the Future."

Library materials about Auguste Rodin (266)

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