Innovations in Sculpture and the Status of Artists at the Court of Burgundy

The renovation of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon provides an opportunity for the unprecedented loan of the alabaster mourner figures from the tomb of two Valois: John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, and his wife, Margaret of Bavaria. The mourning figures, carved by Jean de La Huerta and Antoine Le Moiturier between 1443 and 1456 for the ducal tomb originally in the church of Champmol, have enamored viewers throughout history.

In conjunction with the exhibition The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy, Sherry Lindquist shares the history of the figures and of the artists who gave them life, using the mourning figures to frame the sculptural innovation that was taking place in fifteenth-century France. Lindquist considers the way we perceive these sculptures, and delves into our contemporary assumptions about the relationship between artistic innovation and its social significance.

Lecture by Sherry C.M. Lindquist, Visiting Assistant Professor, Knox College, author of Agency, visuality, and society at the chartreuse de Champmol; introduced by Peter Barnett, Curator in Charge, Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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