The Thinker In Black And White
The Thinker in Black and White. This photograph by Philadelphia photographer, Lisa Phillips. Auguste Rodin originally conceived a smaller version of this sculpture to sit atop his monumental bronze portal entitled The Gates of Hell (1880-1917). The figure was intended to represent Italian poet Dante Alighieri pondering The Divine Comedy, his epic story of Paradise and Inferno. However, in 1889 Rodin exhibited the sculpture independently of The Gates, giving it the title The Thinker, and in 1902 he embarked on this larger version. The sculpture is situated outside Philadelphia's Rodin Museum welcoming visitors as they make their way to the gated garden in front of the museum entrance.
March 31st, 2012
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