Canopy from the tomb of Philip III (the Bold) of France (1245-1285)

Artist: Jean d'Arras (French, active 1297–1307)

Date: 1297–1307

Geography: Made in Ile-de-France, France

Culture: French

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: Overall: 15 3/4 x 28 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (40 x 72.4 x 50.2 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Architectural-Stone

Credit Line: Bequest of George Blumenthal and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maxime Levy Hermanos, by exchange, 2007

Accession Number: 2007.540


From one of the royal tombs of the abbey of Saint-Denis, this canopy was set at the head of the recumbent image of Philip III, son of Saint Louis. Known as "the Bold," Philip had died while waging a military campaign, sanctioned by the pope, against the kingdom of Aragon.

Although the tombs at Saint-Denis were severely damaged during the French Revolution, surviving fragments can be identified on the basis of earlier engravings.