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

  "Vie Seigneuriale - Manorial Life" (Flanders 16th
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  • "Vie Seigneuriale - Manorial Life" (Flanders 16th - Paris
      "Vie Seigneuriale - Manorial Life" (Flanders 16th
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  • Liberal Arts tapestry - "Arithmetic" (Flanders) - Paris
      Liberal Arts tapestry - "Arithmetic" (Flanders)
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Once I'm inside the Musée du Moyen Age I'm unable to leave. This time I got stuck at tapestries called "Vie Seigneuriale - Manorial Life" (Flanders 16th c.)
They are an illustration of the "Amour Courtois" chivalrous love, reading, poetry, singing and music. "La Dame au Bain" is the best known part.

Other activities are represented in the Liberal Arts tapestry having for subject Arithmetic's (Flanders, probably Tournai, begin 16th c.).

Religion is another major theme of medieval tapestries. The museum displays a most remarkable series of choir hangings the "Legend of St Etienne" made in Brussels around 1500.

Now if that is not sufficient, amateurs can go to the Louvre to see the famous 12 tapestries called "The Hunts of Maximilian" (see my tip) in wing Richelieu.

The "lissiers" tapestry weavers used two type of weaving loom: the horizontal loom called "basse lisse" and the vertical one "haute lisse". In both case the weavers worked on the back side. It has been calculated that one "lissier" would weave about 1 square meter in one month!

Address: 6 Place Paul Painlevé
Directions: Where Boulevard Saint-Michel meets Boulevard Saint-Germain... couldn't be easier. Metro Cluny-Sorbonne.
Phone: +33 1 53 73 78 00
Website: http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/

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  • Updated Nov 29, 2008
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