The Thinker

Le Penseur | Auguste Rodin | 1902 Originally entitled The Poet, Rodin's inspiration for his world-renowned statue came from Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy," in which The Thinker represents the epic poem's author and protagonist pondering his writing in front of the Gate of Hell. The nude figure was inspired by the nude statues of Michelangelo and has come to symbolize intellect.