It’s Rodin’s birthday. Great sculptor. Great museum.

I was just on Google’s homepage, and their logo of the day is The Thinker sculpture by Auguste Rodin. (Today would be Rodin’s 172nd birthday.)

This reminded me of a great time I had visiting Paris’s Rodin Museum (a.k.a. Musée Rodin), where The Thinker sculpture lives. I’m a big fan of the statue, for a few reasons. First of all, I like thinking, so I can relate to this man. Second of all, I like thinking about what the sculpture is thinking about. And finally, I like sculptures.

The Thinker is made of bronze and marble, and it was sculpted in 1902. It was originally commissioned to be the portal to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which is part of the Louvre. (Nowadays, as I said, it is housed at the Rodin Museum.)

The Rodin Museum is a good place to visit if you’re in Paris, and you’ve already hit the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, and you really like art. It has a very nice collection of sculptures, and even better it has a very nice and relaxing outdoor space. You can chill in the gardens among priceless works of art. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

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Photo: billandkent via Flickr

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