The renovation of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon provides a chance for the unprecedented loan of the alabaster mourner figures from the grave of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, and his wife, Margaret of Bavaria. Each of the statuettes is about sixteen inches high. They were carved by Jean de La Huerta and Antoine Le Moiturier between 1443?1456 for the ducal grave initially in the church of Champmol, and they follow the precedent of the mourner figures carved by Claus Sluter and co-workers for the grave of Duke Philip the Bold (1342?1404). The graves are observed as among advanced and the most sumptuous of the late Middle Ages. The main innovation was the space given to the figures of the grieving mourners on the foundation of the grave, who appear to pass through the actual arcades of a cloister.
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