Pleurant

French (Rhône Valley)
Medieval (Gothic)
about 1475–1500
Unidentified artist, French (French)


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

23.2 x 12.2 x 11.1 cm (9 1/8 x 4 13/16 x 4 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

67.764

Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone with traces of yellow bole and polychromy

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

This figure of a monk covers his face in grief, his heavy drapery conveying the weight of his sorrow. Large sculptures of mourners decorated tombs, creating a kind of perpetual funeral procession accompanying the effigy of the deceased. This small figure may also have been part of a tomb ensemble or, more likely, was a private, commemorative work.

Provenance

By 1931, Bela Hein (b. 1883 - d. 1931), Paris [see note 1]; by inheritance to Mme. Bela Hein, Paris; 1967, sold by Mme. Bela Hein to the MFA. (Accession Date: Sept 13, 1967)

NOTES:
[1] According to a September 8, 1967 acquisition recommendation from Hanns Swarzenski, Hein acquired the sculpture in Avignon.

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund