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Pierre de Wiessant, Monumental Nude (Pierre de Wissant, nu monumental)

Auguste Rodin, Fonderie de Coubertin, Saint-Rémy-les-Chevreuses

European Art

The Burghers of Calais is a memorial to a group of fourteenth-century citizens who offered to sacrifice themselves to the English king Edward III to save their long-suffering city, the French port of Calais. Rodin did not portray the burghers in the conventionally heroic way that the Calais city council expected, but rather as vulnerable individuals in varied states of inner turmoil. This concept of the burghers established a modern, anti-monumental tradition of civic sculpture.

The Brooklyn Museum’s collection includes bronze casts of three of the six large figures that compose the final Burghers of Calais monument, as well as this monumental preparatory version of Pierre de Wiessant.
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1886, cast 1983
    DIMENSIONS 78 1/4 × 44 3/4 × 36 1/2 in., 532 lb. (198.8 × 113.7 × 92.7 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Back of base, lower edge: "F*C" Back, lower edge: "© by Musée Rodin 1983"
    SIGNATURE Base, proper left: "A. Rodin"
    INSCRIPTIONS Base, proper left: "No I/IV"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the B. Gerald Cantor Collection
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917). Pierre de Wiessant, Monumental Nude (Pierre de Wissant, nu monumental), 1886, cast 1983. Bronze, 78 1/4 × 44 3/4 × 36 1/2 in., 532 lb. (198.8 × 113.7 × 92.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the B. Gerald Cantor Collection, 86.310. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.310_SL1.jpg)
    STATE I/IV/12
    IMAGE overall, 86.310_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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