The “Familiar Statue” is one you are probably pretty familiar with. It’s not really much of a thinker… or is it?!

The real Familiar Statue

The “Familiar Statue” is always genuine.

Once you get a hold of the Familiar Statue, give it to to Blathers to place in the museum. After you do, he’ll add a plaque to it which will contain the following:

The Thinker – Auguste Rodin, 1902


This Bronze sculpture was crated by the French sculptor Rodin, known as the father of modern sculpture. The incredibly famous original is located in France. The sculpture was casted over 20 times. As such, authentic pieces can be found all over the world.

You’ve probably seen this statue somewhere in your life, and most likely related to philosophy in someway. And while you might be familiar with the statue, I think I have some facts you are a little less familiar with!

Did you know there are actually 28 castings of this guy out there in the wild?! Okay, there may be a few more castings of the sculpture, but they would not be considered part of the original production. Did you know it was actually originally titled The Poet? (Yeah, you didn’t know it.)

But wait, there’s more! Not only was the Thinker originally titled as The Poet, but it was actually a part of a much larger piece: a piece called The Gates of Hell. The artist was inspired by none other than The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri. The sculpture depicts a scene from The Inferno.

The Thinker, or the Poet, as it appears in The Gates of Hell.
Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Close up of The Poet, atop the Gates of Hell

English: Gates of Hell at Rodin Sculpture Garden Stanford University
Canticle at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Full shot of the Gates of Hell, at Rodin Sculpture Garden Stanford University

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