Apr 13, 2011

Mourner from the Tomb of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1364-1404)

Mourner from the Tomb of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1364-1404)


Claus de Werve

(Netherlandish, 1380-1439)

Vizille alabaster

Overall: 41.7 x 16.6 x 11.7 cm (16 7/16 x 6 9/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1940.128

Did you know?

During his life, Duke Philip founded the monastery of Chartreuse de Champmol to serve as a final resting place for himself and his family.


Throughout most of their history these alabaster mourners have evoked a sense of awe and mystery as well as curiosity and admiration. They were originally arranged in processional order around the sides of the ducal tomb within a marble arcade in the Chartreuse de Champmol. The realistically carved mourners remain the most famous elements from Philip the Bold’s tomb. Carved by Claus de Werve, no two are alike. They retain minute details of costume and features, and the faces of some are nearly portrait-like in their depiction of facial creases and expression, suggesting actual individuals, while the faces of others are partly obscured by their cowls.


The Mourners
Identity of the Mourners
Who Are They Mourning?
Mourning Attire
How Did They End Up in Cleveland?
See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
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