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Head of Sorrow (Joan of Arc)

Modeled c. 1882, enlarged 1905; cast 1925
Artist/maker: Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952

British occupiers captured the French military leader Joan of Arc in 1430 and executed her a year later in a public burning at the stake. She was nineteen years old. Rodin depicts the scene in this study for a monument to the teenage hero.

The details of the monument commission are unknown. Rodin evidently selected the subject himself, choosing her extreme anguish in martyrdom over a more conventional scene of military triumph like the one depicted in Emmanuel Frémiet’s Joan of Arc.


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