There is a great exhibit at the Virginia Fine Arts Museum in Richmond of Rodin’s work. It's all about the thumb print on the clay, the soft give when pressed. Like Michaelangelo’s genius but softer, a malleable exquisite modeling of the human form. Every muscle is correct, proportions and weighting are perfect. Right in a way you can feel. The exhibit walked us through his work and his methods and ended with three of the Burghers of Calais, the city leaders who offered themselves as sacrifices to save the town. Each person went resolute to their expected death but the feelings of fear, apprehension, determination powered through each uniquely. They loomed above us and we gaze up at their purposed, noble faces in awe as intended.
Here are some sketches from my visit: