The Mourners is a series of some 40 pint-sized statues that typically surround the base of the tomb of John the Fearless, the 15th-century duke of Burgundy. Because the tomb — housed in Dijon’s Musee des Beaux Arts in France — is currently being renovated, The Mourners are able to tour for the first and probably the only time. They’re masterpieces of late medieval art, and they’re coming to the Dallas Museum of Art October 3 — in a tour to seven American museums, a tour overseen by the DMA. The first stop has been the Metropolitan in NYC, and The Mourners have been given two ecstatic reviews, one in the Wall Street Journal (“a small triumph of an exhibition”) and a new one in the New York Review of Books (“to see them is to be dazzled” — subscription required to read the full review).
You can get a little bit of that dazzle viewing the individual mourners online. Because the foot-and-a-half tall alabaster statues were removed from their niches in the tomb (where they look like a religious procession wending its way past the pillars in a cathedral), they were digitally photographed in the round. So this is the first time people can see them, full-view, thanks to the Mourners Photography Project.
Check it out: Manipulating the figures so they revolve is spooky-cool.