Pleurants

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Location: 
Room 19
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Anonymous. Castile
Museum tags: 
Social tags: 
  • funerary ritual
Description:

This panel comes from the grave of Sancho Sánchez Carrillo and his wife Juana, in the hermit of San Andrés de Mahamud (Burgos). They were made around 1295, at the time in which the burial permission was given. This piece is a part of an extraordinary ensemble from the early Castilian Gothic style from which we only preserve eight panels, all of them in the Museu Nacional, and the reclining image of the knight, preserved in the Cincinnati Art Museum (Ohio).

The pictorial ensemble of panels comprises four panels with mourners or weepers, two panels with heraldry shields, one with scenes of the Virgin Mary (the Annunciation, the Nativity, Dormition and Coronation) and a last one with scenes of the Crucifixion and Jesus Christ surrounded of the four evangelist symbols. The weepers, dressed in the traditional striped mourning clothes, cry excessively, pull their hair out and they even scratch their own faces to bleed in order to show their sorrow.

Painting

Circa 1295

53 x 87.8 x 4.5 cm

Plandiura Collection, purchased 1932

Inventory number: 

004372-005

Part of a set of eight panels. They come from the decoration on the tomb of the knight Sancho Sánchez Carrillo in the chapel of San Andrés de Mahamud (Burgos).
Tempera on parchment mounted on wood
Century: 13th
Subject: Genre and society
Anònim. Castella - Ploraners - Cap a 1295 [1]
Reconstrucció virtual de les tombes de Mahamud © Laboratorio de Fotogrametría Arquitectónica de la Universidad de Valladolid segons proposta de Fernando Gutiérrez Baños
Anònim. Castella - Ploraners - Cap a 1295 [2]
Arribada de les pintures de Mahamud al Palau Nacional provinents de la casa Plandiura, 1932 © Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona