Contents: Introduction: revisiting 18th- and 19th-century French tombs; Reforming funerary cult in France 1750-1870; 18th-century France: rethinking sculpture and the body; The Bonchamps project: reinventing the effigy tomb; Louis-Philippe's tombs: burying a modern royal family; The poetics of the exhumed corpse I: a tomb for Napoleon; The poetics of the exhumed corpse II: the Cavaignac tomb; Bibliography; Index.
Suzanne Glover Lindsay is Adjunct Associate Professor of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
'This is a meticulously researched, consistently insightful book that makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the life of the dead, and the objects that accompanied them, in nineteenth-century France.' French History '... this well-researched, thoughtful book contributes to our understanding of the gisant figure's intriguing if limited revival, and to ongoing reflections about commemorative practices, sculpture in particular, the workings of historical memory, and the place of the dead in modern France.' French Studies 'Funerary Arts and Tomb Cult is superbly researched and clearly articulated, providing a synthesis of perspectives concerning funerary arts, tomb cult, and the mentalities that shaped them in France. Moreover, the importance of the body as it relates to funerary arts and tomb cult is brought to the forefront for the first time through Lindsay's thematic investigation of the recumbent effigy. Important and thought-provoking, the book is a very welcomed addition to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art-historical studies.' CAA Reviews '... a well-researched, rewarding and ultimately fasinating work.' Church Monument