Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Stupid History 19 May 2010

Auguste Rodin's famous bronze sculpture referred to as The Thinker wasn't what the artist was thinking about. Rodin originally called his sculpture The Poet, as it depicts Dante Alighieri, the author of The Divine Comedy, sitting in front of the gates of hell contemplating his greatest poem. An unknown art critic who was unfamiliar with Dante's work referred to the statue as The Thinker and the name caught on.

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