Stone, Flesh, Spirit: The Entombment of Christ in Late Medieval Burgundy and Champagne


Author: Donna L. Sadler
Grief binds the worshipers together in an adagio of sorrow as they encounter the sculptural representation of the Entombment of Christ. Located in funerary chapels, parish churches, cemeteries, and hospitals, these works embody the piety of the later Middle Ages. In this book, Donna Sadler examines the sculptural Entombments from Burgundy and Champagne through a variety of lenses, including performance theory, embodied perception, and the invocation of the absent presence of the Holy Sepulcher. The author demonstrates how the action of Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus entombing Christ in the presence of the Marys and John operates in a commemorative and collective fashion: the worshiper enters the realm of the holy and becomes a participant in the biblical event.

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Donna L. Sadler, Ph.D. Indiana University 1984, is a professor of art history at Agnes Scott College. She has published Reading the Reverse Façade of Reims Cathedral: Royalty and Ritual in 13th-century France (2012) and articles on the art of Saint Louis, the court of Claus Sluter, and the dogs on royal tomb effigies.
Acknowledgements ix
List of Illustrations xi
Introduction 1
1 The Origins of the Entombment of Christ 7
2 The Entombment of Christ: Echoes of the Performative Piety of the
Sculpture at the Chartreuse de Champmol 25
3 The Entombment of Christ: The Absent Presence of the Resurrected
Christ and the Holy Sepulcher 72
4 Hocus Pocus: The Entombment of Christ and Medieval Performance 111
5 Conclusion: The Entombments in the Context of Late Medieval
Sculpture 149
Bibliography 199
Index 229
Readership would include advanced undergraduates, graduate students, academic libraries, public libraries, art historians, historians, theologians, Francophiles, Catholics, educated laymen, theatre historians, medievalist (in general), and anthropologists.