The Thinker

The Thinker (HM20HS)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19130 Philadelphia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 57.694', W 75° 10.464'

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1880-81, enlarged 1902-1904
August Rodin (1840-1917)
Rodin first imagined The Thinkeras 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.
HM NumberHM20HS
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Date Added Monday, August 7th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 485104 N 4423506
Decimal Degrees39.96156667, -75.17440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 57.694', W 75° 10.464'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 57' 41.64" N, 75° 10' 27.84" W
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Area Code(s)215, 267, 717, 484, 610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2121-2199 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia PA 19130, US
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