The Thinker

The Thinker is a famous sculpture by Auguste Rodin. This bronze sculpture is a depiction of a nude man hunched over in apparent thought. It measures around 186 centimeters in height. It was originally a part of Rodin’s The Gates of Hell which stands at 6 meters high, 4 meters wide and 1 meter deep and has 180 figures.

The Thinker is perched above the door. The Gates of Hell took 37 years of work from Auguste Rodin. It is based on the 16th century epic poem, The Divine Comedy by Dante.


Quick Facts: –

  • More than twenty casts of The Thinker exist today. Ten of them were casted by Auguste Rodin himself.
  • After his death in 1917, the rights to recast this sculpture were given to the nation of France.
  • All these versions of this sculpture have different proportions and are now in museums around the world.
  • To make these different size duplicates, a machine has been used known as the Collas Machine.
  • This machine was invented by Achille Collas in 1836 and named after him.
  • The first large-scale bronze casting was finished in 1902 but not presented to the public until 1904.
  • This sculpture was originally called as The Poet by Auguste Rodin.
  • Rodin made this sculpture naked to follow in the style of the heroic nudes of Michelangelo.
  • The Cleveland Museum’s version of the Thinker was damaged by a bomb on March 24, 1970.