18" Monk PP Caproni Mourner Tomb Sculpture Duke of Burgundy Plaster Statue 1911 Copy Medieval Embodiment Dijon France Figure

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Mourner or Monk with hood pulled forward over head, his cloak robe folded beneath his crossed arms.

Weight 5.5 pounds 6x5.5 base 17.75 inches tall.

1911 Vintage Plaster Copy Reproduction of circa 1400.

The 1911 Catalog shows number 3505, however this is marked "196F" on front right of the base.

On Brass? Tag " PP Caproni & Bro Plastic Arts Boston USA"

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The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy

During the late Middle Ages, the dukes of Burgundy––the wealthiest and most powerful aristocrats in northern Europe––commissioned sculptors of great renown to decorate their magnificent court in Dijon. Working in a studio presided over by Claus Sluter, these sculptors created monuments for the ducal family that rivaled contemporary Italian works.

The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy features thirty-seven sculptures from the tomb of John the Fearless (1371–1419), the second duke of Burgundy. His elaborate tomb, once housed at a monastery on the outskirts of Dijon, is now one of the centerpieces of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.

During the 14th and 15th centuries, the Valois dukes of Burgundy ruled over extensive territories in present day France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands from their capital in Dijon, which during their reign became a major center of artistic patronage. Their court’s sculpture workshop produced some of the most profound and original art of the period. The tombs of the first and second Burgundian Dukes, Philip the Bold (1342–1404) and John the Fearless, are among the summits of their achievement. Each tomb includes in its lower register an elaborate arcade in the flamboyant gothic style, populated by a solemn processional of alabaster figures of monks and clerics that appear to circulate around the tomb as if it were a cloister. These sculptures, known as the mourners, are small-scale embodiments of late medieval devotion. While some of the figures are shown wringing their hands or drying their tears, others appear lost in solemn contemplation, while still others hide their faces in the deeply carved folds of their robes.