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Art at Mayo Clinic| Volume 76, ISSUE 1, P4, January 2001

“Jean D'Aire” by Auguste Rodin

        French sculptor François-Auguste-René Rodin (1840-1917), one of the world's great sculptors and most famous as creator of “The Thinker,” was commissioned in 1884 by the town of Calais to portray the human drama of an event that occurred in the 14th century. In 1347, King Edward III of England, who had the French people at his mercy, ordered 6 citizens to come forward with their heads and feet bare. King Edward would do as he desired with these 6 people, and in return he would lift the year-long siege of the city. Six citizens, the burghers, volunteered to be martyrs for their families and friends.
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