The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 24, 2018

The Thinker, 1936

bronze, Overall: 182.9 x 98.4 x 142.2 cm (72 x 38 11/16 x 55 15/16 in.). 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."

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