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Mourner from the Tomb of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1364-1404)

Mourner from the Tomb of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1364-1404)

1404-1410

Claus de Werve

(Netherlandish, 1380-1439)

Vizille alabaster

Overall: 41.1 x 17.6 x 11 cm (16 3/16 x 6 15/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.67

Description

Throughout most of their history these alabaster mourners have evoked a sense of awe and mystery as well as curiosity and admiration. They were originally arranged in processional order around the sides of the ducal tomb within a marble arcade in the Chartreuse de Champmol. The realistically carved mourners remain the most famous elements from Philip the Bold’s tomb. Carved by Claus de Werve, no two are alike. They retain minute details of costume and features, and the faces of some are nearly portrait-like in their depiction of facial creases and expression, suggesting actual individuals, while the faces of others are partly obscured by their cowls.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Gothic
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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