The Mourners Closes US Tour; Travels Continue in Belgium, Germany, and France

Concluding its triumphant seven-city US tour, The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy closes on April 15, 2012 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Co-organized by the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon  and the Dallas Museum of Art with the French Regional American Museum Exchange (FRAME), this remarkable exhibition of forty individual sculptures from 15th-Century Ducal Tomb has attracted over 500,000 visitors since its premiere on March 2, 2010, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, then on tour at six FRAME museums: Saint Louis Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: Palace of the Legion of Honor, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Carved by Jean de la Huerta and Antoine le Moiturier between 1443 and 1456/57, the unique devotional figures, known as mourners, were commissioned for the elaborate tomb of the second duke of Burgundy. Crafted with astonishing detail, the alabaster sculptures exemplify the most important artistic innovations of the late Middle Ages.

This moving, critically acclaimed, award-winning exhibition will continue to travel, running from  May 10, 2012 - Aug 18, 2012 at the Museum de l'Hopital Saint-Jean, Bruges, Belgium; Sep 13, 2012 - Feb 2, 2013 at the Bode Museum, Berlin, Germany; and Feb 27, 2013 - May 27, 2013 at the Musée de Cluny, Paris, France, before returning home to Dijon in mid-2013.