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"For tapestry lovers." Top 5 Page for this destination Musée National du Moyen Âge (National Museum of Medieval Art) Tip by breughel

  "Les Vendanges - Grape Harvest" Cluny museum.
by breughel

This museum is an absolute must for all tapestry lovers.
There is not only the amazing ensemble of the "Dame à la Licorne" but there are many other remarkable art works nearly all of Flanders (part of the Duchy of Burgundy in that time) at the end of the 15th begin 16th c.

Among the best known are "Les Vendanges - The Grape Harvest" (Flanders around 1500).
It is typical of the noble daily life theme found in the tapestries of the 15th c.
The Lord and Lady are shown overseeing the grape harvest and the pressing of the grapes. Everyone, including the servants, wears the finest clothing and jewellery!
This scene represents the two techniques of pressing known in the Middle Ages: pressing with the foot, where the peasant tramples the grain to crush it (a technique used for the not very important vines), and the press with screw which the peasants turn with a stick to crush the bunches and to extract the juice from them. The liquid is then collected in wooden barrels to be preserved.

The tapestry is set against a "mille fleur" (thousand flower) background, a popular design feature in many tapestries of the middle ages. Replicas of this tapestry are still produced and proposed for sale.

Open: each day 9.15 h - 17.45 h. Closed on Tuesday and 1/01,1/05 & 25/12.
Price (2012): 8 €, reduced 6 €. Free < 26 yr from EU.

Address: 6 Place Paul Painlevé
Directions: Where Boulevard Saint-Michel meets Boulevard Saint-Germain... couldn't be easier. Metro Cluny-Sorbonne.
Phone: &#43;33 1 53 73 78 00

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 27, 2012
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