||Monumental Head of Pierre de Wissant
||Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
||Modeled ca. 1884-1885, enlarged before 1909, cast 1980
||81.3 x 48.3 x 52.1 cm
This is one of the most famous sculptures by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin in his dramatic Group 'The Burghers of Calais' from 1889. In this larger-than-life portrait, Pierre de Wissant's introspective agony is amplified to an almost unbearable intensity. The tilt of the head, given greater emphasis through the unusual base of the sculpture, makes this agony even more poignant. The source of Wissant's anguish was his decision to join five other civic leaders who agreed to sacrifice their own lives in 1367 to free their beseiged city of Calais from English occupation.
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