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Monday, 12 November 2012

Travelling through the Internet

It is incredible how Google is able to let us travel between different ages and from topic to topic. Some weeks ago we may have searching through a mystical world, but today we are immersed in a French modern sculpture world??.

Google today celebrates the father of modern sculpture, Auguste Rodin, with a doodle representing one of his best known works - “The thinker”. The bronze sculpture on a marble pedestal is now in the Museé Rodin in Paris. Created in 1902, the sculpture was originally named “The Poet”. The work was part of the Musée des Arts De'coratifs’ monumental portal (exhibit perhaps, not sure what you mean here) for which the artist had chosen the theme of “The Divine Comedy”. In this sculpture Auguste Rodin wanted to represent Dante, the main character in the epic tale, at the Gates of Hell pondering his poem. Unfortunately the museum has been never inaugurated.

Born in Paris in 1840, Auguste Rodin would have turned 172 today. He began to drawn at the age of ten and studied at Ecole Speciale de Dessin et Mathematiques and was even compared to Michelangelo. Today most of his works (more than 6,000 sculptures and 7,000 works on paper) are at the Musée Rodin. Founded in 1917, it was once the house of the artist.

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