Auguste Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais

  title={Auguste Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais},
  author={R. Swedberg},
  journal={Theory, Culture \& Society},
  pages={45 - 67}
  • R. Swedberg
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • Theory, Culture & Society
The Burghers of Calais (1895) by Auguste Rodin was originally commissioned by the city of Calais to celebrate a local hero. It then became part of the national culture of the Third Republic, and it can today be found all over the world. This article tells the story of how this statue came into being and also attempts to address the issue of why it has become so popular and why it seems to speak so directly to universalism. Apart from the fact that The Burghers of Calais is an extremely well… Expand
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