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Eustache de Saint-Pierre, Monumental (Eustache de Saint-Pierre, monumental)

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
Eustache de Saint-Pierre was the oldest of the six burghers and the first to volunteer to save his native Calais from the English siege during the Hundred Years’ War.

While the original narrative states that the burghers wore shirts and breeches when they surrendered, Rodin decided to clad his figures in historically nonspecific drapery. Giving his monument a more timeless appearance allowed it to function as a broader symbol of selfless, patriotic heroism.
MEDIUM Bronze
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1886-1887
    DIMENSIONS 85 × 30 × 48 in., 1173 lb. (215.9 × 76.2 × 121.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS "© Musée Rodin 1983" "F*C"
    SIGNATURE Base: "A. Rodin"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 87.106.2
    EDITION Edition: 3/8
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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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