thesis statement and in froduction
The Burghers of
Calais was one of the most famous sculptures by Auguste
Rodin, completed in 1888. It
as a monument to an occurrence in 1347 during the Hundred Yearsf
It was a
naturalistic and representational sculpture made of Bronze.
knowledge painfully. After a tourist in the Stanford museum told me the story behind it, I
realize I was wrong. Actually, they were heroes who willing to sacrifice themselves to save a city.
up this central idea.
The story behind
eThe Burghers of Calaish
was about England's Edward III after a victory in
the Battle of Credcy, laid siege to Calais and Philip
VI of France ordered the city to hold out at all costs.
This monument was different from traditional monuments. In the traditional monuments, they always show heroes striding forward proudly like Vaquero which in out textbook p255 11.5. He was wearing a steel armature and daredevil. However Rodin depicted these men are extremely pain when knowing that they have to leave their homes and families. He distorted the figures to express emotional trauma: the enlarged hands and feet emphasize their melancholy gestures and faltering steps, the tautened muscles convey a sense of physical stress, and the deeply sunken eyes and furrowed brows express heart-rending torment.
This method of sculptures
is like Kuya Praching
our textbook p263 11.17. They
are both representational sculptures. They both consider the proportion of the
character. Also, they used a contrapposto, to set the
body in a gentle S-shaped curve through a play of opposites, to show burgherfs
painful action. However the theme of these two sculptures was totally different,
die. The Burghersf reaction when they notice that they were going to
Why I chose this
sculpture from all the printings and sculptures
in Stanford? The pillar reason
was because I was attracted by its story. Though The
Burghers of Calasi, I could tell those people were extremely painful when they
realized that they were going to die, then I started to wonder why they still
made this painful decision. Form
the research that I had, when
The Burghers of Calais
was a sad story in
perplexing, cla im
etc. it was a famous sculpture we can find it all around the A,
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Burghers were extremely pain when knowing that they have to leave their homes and families.
They were wearing nooses around their necks and carrying the keys to the
city and castle.
Second Maquettes (Studies) for the
Godard Foundry, cast 1979
Gift of the B. Gerald Cantor Collection, 1992.146
Scsse Foundry, cast 1971
Gift of the
Book: Gilberfs living with art 2005.Mark Getlein McGraw-Hill
Website: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Burghers_of_Calais
Virtual Gallery http://www.cantorfoundation.org/Rodin/Gallery/rvg31.html