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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The statue we know today as "The Thinker" was originally a gargoyle built by the Moors to stand guard at their most holy temple in what is now Madrid, Spain. In 1453, Pope Adrian VI, who considered the statue a demonic effigy, had the gargoyle's wings knocked off and changed its name.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Barros said...

Hi, just a small comment about the Pope Adrian VI. He was born in 1459, therefore, I think the date for his action stated in your blog isn't really accurate.
Thanks,
Adriano Barros-leal

10:55 AM  
Blogger duffytoler said...

That's using the Gregorian calendar. Spain didn't adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1582. In Pope Adrian VI's time, they were still using the Julian Calendar.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Barros said...

Ok! Understood.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Darrell said...

"The Thinker" by Rodin, was modeled in 1880-1882 for his masterpiece "The Gates of Hell", and exhibited in its original size (H. 71.5 cm) in Copenhagen in 1888. It was enlarged in 1902 and was inaugurated in front of the Pantheon on 21 April 1906. Where do you come up with all your crap? Please stop contributing to the general ignorance of the masses.

1:24 AM  

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