Thinking

The Thinker / Poet

the thinker

Photo by me!

I’m not going to think to hard about today’s blog, except to say that there are lots of thinking sculptures around the world inspired by Auguste Rodin, one being in downtown Barrie, Ontario outside the MacLaren Art Centre.

Here’ a little more to think about:

” When conceived in 1880 in its original size (approx. 70 cm) as the crowning element of The Gates of Hell , seated on the tympanum, The Thinker was entitled The Poet. He represented Dante, author of the Divine Comedy which had inspired The Gates, leaning forward to observe the circles of Hell, while meditating on his work. The Thinker was therefore initially both a being with a tortured body, almost a damned soul, and a free-thinking man, determined to transcend his suffering through poetry. The pose of this figure owes much to Carpeaux’s Ugolino (1861) and to the seated portrait of Lorenzo de’ Medici carved by Michelangelo (1526-31).

While remaining in place on the monumental Gates of Hell, The Thinker was exhibited individually in 1888 and thus became an independent work. Enlarged in 1904, its colossal version proved even more popular: this image of a man lost in thought, but whose powerful body suggests a great capacity for action, has became one of the most celebrated sculptures ever known. Numerous casts exist worldwide, including the one now in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, a gift to the City of Paris installed outside the Panthéon in 1906, and another in the gardens of Rodin’s house in Meudon, on the tomb of the sculptor and his wife. – See more at: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/collections/sculptures/thinker”

Lorenzo de Medici by Michelangelo

Michelangelo Sculpture

Lorenzo de Medici (s)

“This is of Lorenzo, Duke of Urbino, and not Lorenzo the Magnificent who was the most  important member of the Medici family”

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