Rodin worked on the control of particular Burghers of Calais individually so as to heighten their power of reflection. Although he used the same right and left hands for both brothers, Pierre and Jacques de Wissant, the effect got on each amount was quite distinct. Pierre de Wissant?s right hand brushes the gesture upwards, as an indicator of abnegation. Jacques de Wissant?s hand is drawn back towards his face, challenging and indicating uncertainty. Isolated from the figure, the hand forms a work in its own right, not fragment or only a mere study.
When Rodin determined to show it standing erect on a wooden plinth, it turned into an independent display, with a worth all its own. This is the hand Rodin would use in The Hand of God, setting inside it the miniature figures of Eve and Adam who appear to come out of the dust. This work became the symbol of all creation. To quote George Bernard Shaw when discussing Rodin:?The Hand of God?
Jacques de Wissant
Pierre de Wissant
This piece isn't entirely exact to the original but supplies reference of its form.
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