[SCA-AE] Research Opportunity: The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy

Marie Stewart maricelt at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 13:40:50 EST 2010


Get thee to the Metropolitan Musuem if you can.

The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy
March 2, 2010–May 23, 2010
Medieval Sculpture Hall

The renovation of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon provides an
opportunity for the unprecedented loan of the alabaster mourner
figures from the tomb of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, and his
wife, Margaret of Bavaria. Each of the statuettes is approximately
sixteen inches high. They were carved by Jean de La Huerta and Antoine
Le Moiturier between 1443–1456 for the ducal tomb originally in the
church of Champmol, and they follow the precedent of the mourner
figures carved by Claus Sluter and colleagues for the tomb of Duke
Philip the Bold (1342–1404). The tombs are celebrated as among the
most sumptuous and innovative of the late Middle Ages. The primary
innovation was the space given to the figures of the grieving mourners
on the base of the tomb, who seem to pass through the real arcades of
a cloister.

Have fun. and Hope to see you there.
Bridgette


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