Le Monument de Henry Du Mont et la sculpture funéraire à l'époque du père Ménestrier

Abstract : This article is devoted to Henry Du Mont's tomb's fragment exhibited permanently in the Louvre and part of this institution since 1898-1899. This bas-relief is representing a draped female, her arm sustaining her tearful face. She is holding a sheet of music (Suspendimus Organa nostra, & versa est in luctum modulatio, part of the Grands motets by Dumont, 1686, Volume 5). Both sides of this Allegory of Music, instruments are on the floor. A bass viola da gamba with bow, and a cabinet organ with two keyboards. The complete design for the tomb (with a pyramid and the portrait of the musician) is known thanks to a drawing from the Recueil gathered by Roger de Gaignières (1642-1715) and offered to the King in 1711. The symbolic value of this tomb is completed with the help of Claude-François Ménestrier's writings (1683) and Titon du Tillet's Parnasse françois, and replaced among the 300 items of the Recueil Gaignières.
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Florence Gétreau. Le Monument de Henry Du Mont et la sculpture funéraire à l'époque du père Ménestrier. Imago Musicae , Libreria Musicale Italia, 2012, XXV, pp.77-106. ⟨halshs-00717067⟩

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