Eustache de Saint-Pierre, Monumental (Eustache de Saint-Pierre, monumental)
Eustache de Saint-Pierre was the oldest of the six burghers and the first to volunteer to be sacrificed to save his native city. The Calais city council originally suggested this figure as the focus of Rodin’s monument, but the artist chose to give all six burghers equal stature.
The historical narrative states that when they surrendered themselves, the burghers wore shirts and breeches, but Rodin decided to clad his figures in less historically specific drapery. Their timeless appearance contributes to the monument’s function as a broader symbol of selfless, patriotic heroism.
85 × 30 × 48 in., 1173 lb. (215.9 × 76.2 × 121.9 cm) (show scale)
"© Musée Rodin 1983"
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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Eustache de Saint-Pierre, Monumental (Eustache de Saint-Pierre, monumental), ca. 1886-1887. Bronze, 85 × 30 × 48 in., 1173 lb. (215.9 × 76.2 × 121.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor, 87.106.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.106.2_view1_SL1.jpg)
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