19 September 2012

The Cluny

For something completely different we visited the Musee du Moyen Age, or the Cluny as most seem to call it. 
It happened to be on the one day of the year the France grants free access to all its public buildings, 
so that was a small bonus for us.

 The Gallery of the Kings is a highlight.

 These heads of the Kings of France carved around 1220 were once part of a collection of 28 that stood in the Notre Dame Cathedral, but were destroyed during the revolution. Amazingly, they were only unearthed in 1977 during excavations behind the Opera Garnier.  Imagine that !

 When Adam was a boy !   Sculpted in the 1260's.

The jewellery and religious treasures are simply stunning.  They are from Gallic times to the Middle ages. Loved the Byzantine pieces.

 But what this particular museum is most known and visited for is the series of six Lady and the Unicorn tapestries that hang in a darkened room and really are quite breathtaking. Woven in the late 15th century in the southern Netherlands, they are particularly valued for the fresh harmonious colours and the poetic elegance of the central figure.
They truly are beautiful - and for anyone who has ever tackled a bit of needlework, completely mind blowing !
I think back on that unfinished Elizabeth Bradley floral cushion kit I attempted and hang my head in shame!!

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