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The Mourners: Tomb Sculpture from the Court of Burgundy Hardcover – March 18, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: 1; First American Edition edition (March 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300155174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300155174
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sophie Jugie is director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Libris A.D. 1455 on May 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Just had the chance to visit the MET M of Art yesterday (May 12th) with a few good friends, and happily, took it. On our way to view the BELLES HEURES OF JEAN, DUKE OF BERRY, we entered the newly reworked Mediaeval Wing to see the The Mourners: Tomb Sculpture from the Court of Burgundy. Only a few have ever seen these sculptures from every angle, and standing only 3 feet from the plinth upon which they stood, was an experience even at the Met.. Words fail. The exhibit was simple one, but effectively placed the figures in such a way that we could easily see the the grain and colors of the alabaster, the sculptor's tool marks, the skillfully carved pages of a book, & could almost smell the tallow of candles long since expired. I can't afford to buy even half the catalogues of the exhibits I get the chance to see, but I bought this one.

No regrets the day after. The photography is ghostly, the printing & binding, excellent. Now I can stand still and study each figure. During our mid-week visit, the Museum was packed. We had to move with the crowd 'round & 'round the plinth hearing "no pictures please, no pictures." The pics in the catalog are much better than anything I could have taken, so again, no regrets.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Rare it is when a catalogue of a museum exhibition can capture the aura of the event as well as this very beautiful catalogue. Touring the country now (and currently at the Lo Angeles County Museum of Art) is a sensitively curated exhibition titled 'The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy'. It is a rather small in number collection - thirty-seven sculptures from the tomb of John the Fearless (1371-1419), the second duke of Burgundy - but the impact of the placement and the lighting of the exhibition is solemn and majestic. It is difficult to tell whether the museum followed the lighting details of the works in this comprehensive catalogue,but rest assured that if the reader doesn't have the opportunity to view the traveling exhibition, this catalogue as a book takes you into the tombs.

Sophie Jugie, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, is the author and provides in-depth examination of the history of these rather small alabaster sculptures form the tombs of Philip the Bold (1342-1404) and his son, John the Fearless (1371-1440), informing us '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 catalogue provides the ability to appreciate the detail and the common atmosphere of these monks, choir boys, deacons, bishops and cantors. The drapery alone is luminous and the photography and design of the book is very much in keeping with the concept of Mourners in a tomb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David J. Goldstein on February 11, 2011
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As the other reviews note, the exhibit is great. The book, on the other hand, is poorly written, badly organized, and badly bound. The photographs are excellent.
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Excellent photographs as far as they went. I would have preferred more information about the sculptors and their methods, as well as more close-up photographs of each sculpture. Be aware that you are not allowed to photograph the sculptures at the exhibit. The written history jumped around to the point I felt I needed a scorecard to keep track of who was whom, and on the whole, mentioned the sculptures mostly in passing.
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