Rodin’s The Thinker

The Thinker was originally named “The Poet.” The sculpture was part of a commission by Auguste Rodin. He based his theme of sculptures on The Divine Comedy of Dante. Each of the statues in the piece represented one of the main characters in the epic poem. Some people believe The Thinker was originally intended to be Dante at the Gates of Hell, thinking about his poem.
I was wondering why he is naked and why a lot of statues are nudies. Apparently, Michelangelo made a lot of his art nude to symbolize heroic figures. (?) Rodin wanted to follow in that tradition. Others feel that since Dante is fully clothed throughout his poem- that The Thinker is not a representation of him.
Rodin’s objective was to represent intellect as well as poetry. We are not as cultured as most since all the kids and I kept thinking of was Will Ferrell’s depiction of a nude model on Saturday Night Live. He said he could do two poses for the class and offered to do The Thinker or The Stinker. Everyone in the class chose The Thinker!

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