Friday, August 5, 2011

The Mourners

Today's book, The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy by Sophie Jugie, is quite simple, and quite amazing, and quite simply amazing. Not only are the sculptures it depicts astonishing works in their own right--their humanity of gesture and tenderness of line are truly remarkable--but they are also photographed with notable sensitivity, to the point where we feel we are looking at people, rather than at statues. Also, I love the fact that all the art historical text and supplementary images are all ganged up together in the frontmatter, leaving the main central body of the book free to just be page after page of images. Well played.

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