One of Auguste Rodin’s most well-known creations depicts a contemplative nude male. Many marble and bronze copies in various sizes were created during and after Rodin’s lifetime, but the most renowned version is the 1.8-meter bronze sculpture in the Rodin Museum’s gardens, produced in 1904.
The naked figure sits on a rock, his back bent, brows strained, chin laying on his relaxed hand, and lips pressed into his knuckles. He sees the writhing shapes of those suffering in the rings of Hell below, still and pensive.
The Thinker has been cast in numerous variants and can be seen all over the world, but the history of the model to casting transition is still a mystery. There are about 28 massive bronze castings in museums and public spaces.
When bombers tied three sticks of dynamite to The Thinker‘s base outside the Cleveland Museum of Art on March 24, 1970, it was defenseless. The feet were blown off and his legs were permanently injured.