Rodin's 'Burghers of Calais' returns in Philly

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm •  Published: March 22, 2013

The "Burghers" restoration caps a three-year renovation of the Rodin Museum, located between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the new Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The classical Beaux-Arts building has the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of France.

The museum opened in 1929, a gift to the city from movie theater magnate Jules Mastbaum. As part of the recent $9 million renovation, sculptures were cleaned and returned to their original positions inside and out while the formal French gardens, fountain and reflecting pool were restored.

There are a dozen casts around the world of "The Burghers of Calais," which commemorates the surrender of six of Calais' prominent residents, or burghers, in 1347 during the Hundred Years' War between England and France. The original cast from 1895 is located in the French port town for which the sculpture is named.