The Thinker

The Thinker


Auguste Rodin

(French, 1840-1917)


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

Weight: 1,650 pounds - weighed by crane on 5/31/2006

Gift of Ralph King 1917.42

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


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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