The Burghers of Calais

Rodin describes the expressions of The Burghers of Calais to the photographer Steichen in Emily Mitchell’s The Last Summer of the World.  The Burghers agreed to offer themselves as hostages and sacrifice their lives so that the rest of the town could live.

“As a group,the figures convey emotions ranging from pain, hesitation, and doubt to conviction and determination. Rodin presents his ‘heroes’ as complex, conflicted individuals.”

The Story of the Burghers of Calais

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