'The Thinker' by Auguste Rodin

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'The Thinker' by Auguste Rodin

'The Thinker' is perhaps Rodin's best-known work, and there are many casts. This bronze is in the original size and there are twenty-one pieces known. There are a further twelve enlarged versions, one of which was placed over Rodin's grave at his own request.

This sculpture represents the poet Dante pondering the fate of mankind. The figure was intended to be seen from below, so Rodin lengthened the arms and enlarged the shoulders to give a towering and dominating effect.

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