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Mourner


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Description In a remarkable expression of realism, the artist conveys the "weight" of personal grief through the rhythmic interplay of heavy folds of drapery. The mourner's face is carved, but it would not have been visible to the contemporary viewer. In honoring the dead, funeral monuments of the late Middle Ages often re-created funeral processions through a cloister by placing figures of mourners in an arcade around the sides of the tomb. The tomb carved by the sculptor Claus Sluter (active 1375-1405) for the Burgundian duke Philip the Bold (1342-1404) in Dijon was the first featuring freestanding figures within a three-dimensional arcade. The Walters mourning monk must come from a slightly later tomb influenced by Sluter's new realism and monumentality.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/14/1966Treatmentcleaned
6/23/1971Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Songs of Glory: Medieval Art from 900-1500. Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City. 1985.
  • Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1919, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1919

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Period
ca. 1450 (Late Medieval)
Medium
alabaster
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
27.339
Measurements
17 5/16 x 4 15/16 in. (44 x 12.5 cm)
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