MEIT, Conrad
(b. ca. 1480, Worms, d. 1550, Antwerpen)

Tomb of Philibert le Beau of Savoy (detail)

Church of Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse

One of the most beautiful groups of Flemish-style sculpture is to be found in the votive church of Brou. In 1506 the hapless Margaret of Austria, Regent of Austria, built the church of Brou in memory of her husband, Philibert le Beau. A Fleming, Jean de Room, called Jean of Brussels, submitted the scheme for the sculpture in 1516; the complete scheme was finished in 1532. Conrad Meit was the main sculptor. His art is extremely refined, but the elegant gestures and the preciosity of the draperies are balanced by the ample patterns of the broken folds.

The picture shows a sibyl from the tomb of Philibert le Beau.

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