ArtThatFits Blog » “The Thinker” Moves to Philadelphia Museum of Art During Rodin Restorations

As the Rodin Museum undergoes a facelift this summer, one of Auguste Rodin’s best-known sculptures, The Thinker, will be temporarily displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.



While the limestone facade of the Rodin Museum is being restored, The Thinker can be found in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Great Stair Hall until it can be safely returned this fall.

The flipside to the prestige of being one of the world’s most recognized sculptures, is that The Thinker has become one of the most replicated statues for commerical sale (in souvenir shops) next to Michelangelo’s David. However, one of the original scultpures sold for $4.2 million at auction, last week.

To me, The Thinker is one of the most iconic statues in extistence. When I think of art in statue form, this image is always what comes to mind. Many people have been inspired by statues, including artists, who create their art based on statues that inspire them. Here are a few examples of those pieces, from the Artaissance collection:


“Statue of Buddha in Stupas at” by joSon


“The Upper Cascade, Caserta” from Biltmore Collection


“Buddha Statue in Wat Si Chum” by joSon

So, if you’re visiting the Philadelphia area, be sure to stop by the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see The Thinker on his temporary perch until this fall…in the meantime, enjoy some inspiration in statue form!


Arlynn (16)

Filed under: Uncategorized on July 9th, 2009