The Thinker(French:Le Penseur) is a bronze and marble sculpture byAuguste Rodinheld in theMusée RodininParis. It depicts a man in sobermeditationbattling with a powerful internal struggle. It is often used to representphilosophy. Originally namedThe Poet, the piece was part of a commission by theMusée des Arts Décoratifs,Paristo create a monumental portal to act as the door of the museum. Rodin based his theme onTheDivine ComedyofDanteand entitled the portalThe Gates of Hell. Each of the statues in the piece represented one of the main characters in theepic poem.The Thinkerwas originally meant to depictDantein front of the Gates ofHell, pondering his great poem. (In the final sculpture, a miniature of the statue sits atop the gates, pondering the hellish fate of those beneath him.)" The sculpture is nude, as Rodin wanted aheroicfigure in the tradition ofMichelangelo, to representintellectas well aspoetry". (wikipedia.org)
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Large 24"h Philosophy Figurine The Thinker Statue By Rodin Auguste Paris Museum: $290