Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1880-81, enlarged 1902-1904
August Rodin (1840-1917)
Rodin first imagined The Thinker as a small central figure near the top of The Gates of Hell , a sculpture now installed at the Rodin Museum. The Gates of Hell is based on The Inferno, an epic poem by the Italian poet Dante, and Rodin conceived the contemplative figure as representing the poet’s creative force.
Rodin later enlarged The Thinker to monumental scale. In this form, it has come to symbolize all creative thought. The arrangement here, with an architectural façade behind the sculpture, matches Rodin’s gravesite near Paris. The bronze cast, made in 1919, was donated to Philadelphia by movie theater magnate Jules Mastbaum.
Location. 39° 57.694′ N, 75° 10.464′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Benjamin Franklin Parkway near N 21st Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rodin Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gates of Hell (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Soldiers And Sailors Memorial Frank N. Piasecki (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Home For Art (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francisco De Miranda (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Grand Cultural Boulevard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Central Library (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music •
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