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Rodin Museum in Paris

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The Burghers of Calais is another of Rodin’s major works and was inaugurated in 1895. It represents a tragic page in the history of Calais at the time of its surrender to the King of England in 1347. The King demanded that six burghers be put to death in exchange for clemency for the rest of the city. They were eventually pardoned, but their initial sacrifice glorified the spirit of patriotism. Rather than making a heroic monument, Rodin chose to show humans marked by fear at the approach of death.

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