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“The Burghers of Calais” by the French artist August Rodin, depicts six men standing and waiting for the gallows.

The famous composition was inspired by a historic event dating back to 1300 during the Hundred Years’ War with France when England’s Henry III, preparing to conquer Calais, promised the city that he would spare the inhabitants if six of them sacrificed themselves.

The expressions and postures of the six statues fully convey the dramatic force of the situation.


Twelve casts made from the original of this work exist, however the composition of the six figures is always different.


Interesting fact: the six volunteers’ lives were saved because the Queen of England, fearing that their sentence would lead to tragedy for her unborn child, intervened in their favor.


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