Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dreaming of France -- Treasures from the Middle Ages

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It seems like the Musee du Moyen Age (Museum of the Middle Ages) gets short shrift compared to The Louvre and the D'Orsay. Of course, it is much smaller, but it has some amazing artwork and artifacts. I have a distinct memory of walking through a gallery of statues with missing arms and heads.
Here are a couple of pictures that Grace took at the museum, sometimes called the Cluny Museum. If you get a chance, do stop by while you're in Paris.
The most famous displays are probably the tapestries of The Lady and the Unicorn.

The novel by the same  name helped increase the fame of the tapestry. I say that the existence of the unicorn in the tapestry, along with other animals still alive today, is definite proof that unicorns once existed. 

Here's closer look at the unicorn.

And finally, here are some lovely stained glass windows in the same museum. 
I hope on your next visit to Paris, you remember to include this gem as well. 
Thanks for playing along with Dreaming of France today, and please visit each other's blogs to find more French experiences. 


Louise said...

I visited the Musee de Cluny last year, it is a great place to visit as you say. Sadly last year the Lady and the Unicorn were away touring Japan, so we didn't get to see it- which is a great excuse to go back one day.

Sim Carter said...

I would love to see that tapestry in person ... as well as a unicorn. Do you really think they did once exist? As a creature with one horn, why on earth not? As a creature with mystical healing powers ? That would be cool!

Paulita said...

Sim, I'm not sure they were magical, but definitely think the animal could have existed.

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

I so love the Musse de Cluny. It is a definitely a must visit when in Paris.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi Paulita, I have not been to many museums in Paris, much preferring to walking , coffee, vin and people watching. But I am not saying never.

Hope you are well.

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