Monday, April 16, 2012

Mourning Monday 4.16.12

mourner #55

tombs in the Musée des Beaux Arts in Dijon, France

photo from the New York Times (to show scale)

catalog book by Sophie Jugie

I made it to the final day of The Mourners exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts yesterday. 
The exhibit consisted of 40 tomb sculptures, carved in marble and alabaster, from the Court of Burgundy; specifically from the tombs of Philip the Bold (1342-1404) and his son, John the Fearless (1371-1419). It was the final stop in the US before returning to its home in France. 
While maneuvering around dudes wearing loafers without socks (the horror!), I was able to experience the magnificence of these beautiful Medieval sculptures up close. And I really wanted to pick one of these up to hold! 
Each statue represented a monk in various states of devotion and mourning. One could almost feel the sadness when seeing them all together in procession. 
Unfortunately, no photos were allowed. There is an accompanying book by Sophie Jugie: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy as well as an interactive Mourners website where you can see each mourner in 3D. 
I'm so glad I made it to this exhibit. Maybe I should get started on my mourner sculptures...they will be cats, of course. 

thanks for reading!


Charlie said...

Cat Mourner sculptures would be amazing! Maybe they can serve dual purpose as a reliquary and hold cremains.

lacigarra said...

I remember drawing egyptian cats when I was in art school in Mexico. They were the coolest. They accompanied the faraohs when they croaked...