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....
Rodin Museum, Main Gallery
|Titles:||Head of Sorrow (Joan of Arc)|
|Date:||Modeled c. 1882, enlarged 1905; cast 1925|
|Artists:||Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952|
|Dimensions:||17 × 19 1/2 × 21 1/4 inches (43.2 × 49.5 × 54 cm)|
|Credit Line:||Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929|
|Geography:||Made in France, Europe|
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