Le Penseur, Auguste Rodin – The Vatican Museum, Rome
Some say size matters, boy did they get that one wrong. Always choose quality over quantity!
I am so lucky, I have seen some of the most beautiful, historic, thought provoking stunning art. I’ve visited Paris to see Mona Lisa, despite what you may have perceived from the media images, she’s tiny! None the less she’s worth the trip. Wow! Amazing.
Whilst on a recent trip to Rome I was walking around the breathtaking Vatican Museum. A huge number of people almost run through that place. It’s bizarre. Some of the most important art in the world is there and folk just barge you out of the way and literally run through the galleries to get to the Sistine Chapel.
Now the Sistine Chapel is just indescribable, although I will try in a future blog post, but please people…
take a breath…
take in the beauty around you…
As I meandered through the long halls and enjoyed the galleries held securely in between, I was surprised to see an artwork I’d not even realised was there. It wasn’t mentioned in my brochures and my research had missed it, my bad.
Stood on a humble pillar, within a small off shot gallery sat this gorgeous man. He wasn’t drawing attention to himself, he sat quietly, some visitors almost knocked him from his pedestal in their haste to pass him by.
Who was this tactile, bronze, muscular naked figure quietly demanding my attention? Silently calling out to me to reach out a hand and almost tentatively touch his shoulder, I resisted the temptation, as you do with a forbidden love.
OR is it The Poet?
Rodin had apparently produced numerous versions of this work, he takes various forms in galleries around the world. I adore him.
He’s a representation of Dante Alighieri, seated in torment at the Gates of Hell he drew so brilliantly. I am studying Dante and have committed to reading the full work of The Divine Comedy so this fact makes me love the sculpture even more.
A genius sculptor portraying a genius poet, in thought or torment.
If you get to Rome, don’t run through the galleries, take your time and say hello to this gorgeous wee man on your way past. He’s stunning. True proof that the best things can come in the smallest packages.
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