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Mourners

The exhibition was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Musée des Beaux Arts de Dijon, under the auspices of FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange).

The exhibition is supported by a leadership gift from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Florence Gould Foundation, the Eugene McDermott Foundation, Connie Goodyear Baron, and Boucheron. Major corporate support is provided by Bank of the West – Member BNP Paribas Group.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Innovations in Sculpture and the Status of Artists at the Court of Burgundy

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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 two Valois: John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, and his wife, Margaret of Bavaria. The mourning figures, carved by Jean de La Huerta and Antoine Le Moiturier between 1443 and 1456 for the ducal tomb originally in the church of Champmol, have enamored viewers throughout history.

In conjunction with the exhibition The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy, Sherry Lindquist shares the history of the figures and of the artists who gave them life, using the mourning figures to frame the sculptural innovation that was taking place in fifteenth-century France. Lindquist considers the way we perceive these sculptures, and delves into our contemporary assumptions about the relationship between artistic innovation and its social significance.

Lecture by Sherry C.M. Lindquist, Visiting Assistant Professor, Knox College, author of Agency, visuality, and society at the chartreuse de Champmol; introduced by Peter Barnett, Curator in Charge, Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


See the sculptures up close:
http://www.themourners.org/

Learn more about patronage in the early Valois courts:
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/valo_1/hd_valo_1.htm

The Mourners

Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy

March 2–May 23, 2010

Accompanied by a catalogue

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.

The installation at the Metropolitan is supplemented by related works from the Museum's collection, including the monumental Enthroned Virgin from the convent at Poligny (established by John the Fearless and Margaret of Bavaria) that was carved by Claus de Werve.

The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry features a great manuscript from the collection of Jean de Berry, the uncle of John the Fearless, and includes mourning figures from his tomb.

Visit a special website created by FRAME to preview the sculptures in the exhibition.