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Burgundy: Dijon and Beaune

Daphne Birdsey
October 7, 2013

«We've spent a very plesant few days in Burgundy aboard the MS AmaDagio, stopping in towns such as Dijon and Beaune to see medieval treasures.»

Nativity by Robert Campin, on view at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Dijon

In Dijon, Met curator Maryan Ainsworth brought us to a masterpiece by Robert Campin. This painting of the nativity was meant to be used for devotional purposes, so the artist incorporated details that reflected the time period in which he painted (the costumes and landscape, for example) in order to draw in the viewer.

Four of The Mourners, on view at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Dijon

We also saw the dynamic miniature sculptures known as The Mourners, which were conceived by medieval sculptor Claus Sluter and made for the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy. (Some of you may have seen The Mourners when they were on view at the Met in 2010.)

Private Chateau, Cormatin

Finally, we visited a private chateau in Cormatin, which was built in 1605 and restored in the twentieth century along with a lovely and whimsical garden. A private piano concert in the Orangerie was a highlight. Next stop: Provence!

Daphne Birdsey

Daphne Birdsey is an associate development officer in the Development Department.