During the Iconoclasm of 1566 these statues were stolen from the Antwerp tomb of Isabella of Bourbon, the wife of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. They are weepers, mourning figures, expressions of grief at first, later to become a family tree to underline the noble descent of the deceased. This emblematic aspect of medieval funeray art is also discussed in this book. The Rijksmuseum Series is an easy way to learn about the most important artworks and historical topics in the Rijksmuseum. Each lavishly illustrated volume introduces a work of art and places it in its (art) historical context. Ideal for anyone who wants to find out more on his favourite artwork in the museum, as a souvenir or gift. English language edition.