Maldives, 1969, 6 L. 13 (3/4) and Imperf. multicoloured
Stanley Gibbons: 300
Yvert et Tellier: 286
«The Thinker» or «The Poet» («Le Penseur») is a bronze and marble sculpture by Auguste Rodin held in the Musée Rodin in Paris. Originally named The Poet, the piece was part of a commission by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris to create a monumental portal to act as the door of the museum. Rodin based his theme on «The Divine Comedy» of Dante and entitled the portal «The Gates of Hell». Each of the statues in the piece represented one of the main characters in the epic poem. The Thinker was originally meant to depict Dante in front of the Gates of Hell, pondering his great poem. (In the final sculpture, a miniature of the statue sits atop the gates, pondering the hellish fate of those beneath him.) The sculpture is nude, as Rodin wanted a heroic figure in the tradition of Michelangelo, to represent intellect as well as poetry.
Artists: Rodin Auguste
Plots: Dante Alighieri