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. 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. 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.
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