Art + History: Rodin's Burghers of Calais
[EVENT IN ENGLISH IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FRENCH AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE OF PHILADELPHIA and WASHINGTON DC]
Great art comes from real people living real lives. In his popular Art+History series, Paul Glenshaw brings his audience though space and time to revisit vibrant moments in history when iconic works were created, whether it’s Second Empire Paris, Boston in the American Revolution, or medieval Calais.
The immersive presentations are more like live documentaries than lectures. They're designed especially for the online experience, with extensive use of Google Earth seamlessly integrated with archival maps, images, and dramatic footage to put the viewer right in the action.
Art+History - The Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin
In Rodin’s 1889 sculpture The Burghers of Calais (Les Bourgeois de Calais), six massive figures turn and twist among
themselves. They are barefoot and clad in draping robes, chained, and hold massive keys. Their faces depict stages of courage, fear,
despair, and resolution. Why did August Rodin take on the creation of a monument to these French town leaders, who offered themselves in
sacrifice to the English King Edward III almost 550 years before? Who were the burghers and why did they give themselves over to die? How
did Rodin produce such a departure from conventional memorials to national heroes?Paul Glenshaw travels back in time to the unveiling of
Rodin’s epic and controversial sculpture, to the studio where he created it, and to 14th-century Calais and the moment of the burghers’
Paul Glenshaw is an artist, educator, author, and filmmaker with more than 30 years' experience working across disciplines in the arts, history, and sciences.
*** WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ***
- Date : Thursday March 10
- Time: 6:00 pm
- Duration: 1h of presentation + 15 mn Q&A
- Location : ONLINE EVENT
- Language : English
- Fee: $10 for Alliance Française, FACC Philadelphia and FACC Washington members, $20 for non-members
*** ABOUT PAUL GLENSHAW ***
Paul Glenshaw is an artist, educator, author, and filmmaker with more than 30 years' experience working across disciplines in the arts,
history, and sciences.
Paul Glenshaw's lifelong passions over several disciplines all fuel the same goal: storytelling. In addition to being an instructor and lecturer for the Smithsonian Associates, Paul is co-director, writer, and producer of the just completed documentary The Lafayette Escadrille. He is a frequent contributor to the Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazine, and recent drawing projects include work with the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Museum of Health and Medicine. He is also a writer and producer for the theater, radio, museum exhibits, interactive media, and STEM education. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.