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Embroidery art in the Middle Ages

60 min visit

Musée de Cluny
24 Oct → 20 Jan 2020
From Wednesday to Monday from 9:15 am to 5:45 pm. Closed Tuesday.

« A unique opportunity to admire extremely fragile works, all restored for the exhibition!  »

We agree, going to an exhibition on "embroidery" is not great "fun" at first sight. But even if it means being postponed and proposing exhibitions that are out of the ordinary, let's go! Embroidery. A vast subject if we are to believe the Cluny Museum with its new exhibition. We discover that embroidery with silk, gold and silver threads is one of the most precious and prestigious arts of the Middle Ages. And yet... these works are nowadays unknown. Thus the exhibition "Embroidery Art in the Middle Ages" highlights the diversity of European production. Liturgical vestments, caparaçons, chaplains or altar fronts were decorated with coats of arms, religious or profane scenes from the 12th century onwards, thanks to the talent of craftsmen whose skills evolved over time and according to the regions. A real overview of the main embroidery production centres and areas in Europe. The Cluny Museum is well placed to organize it, as it has one of the most beautiful collections of embroidery from the 12th to 16th centuries in the world. Thanks to loans from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, which complete the collections of the Musée de Cluny, four scenes of "Lives of Saints", among the most beautiful examples of Florentine production, will be presented together. Similarly, Cluny's embroidered panel representing "Miraculous Healing at the Tomb of Saint Martin" is in dialogue with that of the Musée des Tissus de Lyon from the same cycle of Saint Martin's life, the work of two artists working for King René d'Anjou: the painter Barthélémy d'Eyck and the embroider Pierre de Billant.


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