The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 18, 2018

Mourner from the Tomb of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1364-1404), 1404-1410

vizille alabaster, Overall: 41.1 x 17.6 x 11 cm (16 1/8 x 6 7/8 x 4 5/16 in.). Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.67

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.

Cleveland Musuem of Art, "In Memoriam Leonard C. Hanna Jr.," 1958, no. 161. Virginia Musuem of Fine Arts, "Treasures in America" January 13-March 5, 1961. Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, "European Art about 1400" May-July 1962. Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, "International Stlye" October 22-Decembe 30, 1962. Dijon, Musée de Dijon, Palais des États de Bourgoge, "Les Pleurant dans la sculpture du Moyen Age en Europe" July 3-September 12, 1971. Cleveland Museum of Art, "Object Lessons: Cleveland Creates and Art Museum" June 7-September 8, 1991. Musées de France, "Deux Pleurants de Jaume Cascalle Provenant des Sepultures Royales de Poblet" May, 1949, no. Iv. Dijon, Musée des Beaux-Arts of Dijon (May 28-September 15, 2004); The Cleveland Museum of Art (October 24, 2004-January 9, 2005) "Dukes and Angels: Art from the Court of Burgundy (1364-1419).", p.233, Bavarian Nationalmuseum, Munich (5/10/2007 - 9/16/2007), the J. Paul Getty Musuem, Los Angeles (10/30/2007 - 1/20/2008) and Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN (2/13/2009 - 6/7/2009): "Sacred Gifts and Worldly Treasures: Medieval Masterworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art" Metropolitan Museum of Art (3/1/2010 - 5/23/2010): "The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy" Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (10/13/2012 - 2/10/2013): "The Road to Van Eyck", ex. cat. no. 24B, p. 164-165 Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (10/6/2017 - 1/7/2018): "Johan Maelwael from Guelders"

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