Snippets of History: The Cadaver Tomb of René of Chalon is a Gothic funerary monument in the church of Saint-Étienne at Bar-le-Duc in northeastern France #AceHistoryDesk reports

#AceHistoryReport – Apr.15: It consists of an altarpiece and a limestone statue of a putrefied and skinless corpse which stands upright; its left arm is raised as if gesturing towards heaven: Completed sometime between 1544 and 1557, the majority of its construction is attributed to the French sculptor Ligier Richier…………Other elements, including the coat of arms and funeral drapery, were added later.

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The tomb dates from a period of societal anxiety over death, as plague, war and religious conflicts ravaged Europe: It was commissioned as the resting place of René of Chalon, Prince of Orange, brother-in-law of Duke Antoine of Lorraine.

Unusually for contemporary objects of this type, the skeleton is standing, making it a “living corpse”, an innovation that was to become highly influential: It was designated a Monument historique on June 18, 1898.

#AceHistoryDesk report ……The Wikipedia article of the day for April 15, 2019

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