The Burghers of Calais
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Having observed the painstaking process Rodin went through when I visited the Rodin Museum in Paris to achieve this monumental sculpture, each of the six figures agonized over in rendering after rendering, and grouped together in any number of sculptural sketches, it is a wonder he ever sculpted anything else, let alone thousands of pieces of everything from mythological figures, to fantastical Biblical explorations, to busts and figures of his contemporaries, some of the greatest thinkers and artists the world ever produced. Do you remember the conversation the Burghers are having here? If not, we'll go see it again and listen to them.