Musée de Cluny

Musée de Cluny joins together two prestigious buildings in the heart of Paris: the Thermes Gallo-Romains de Lutèce (Gallo-Roman baths), built at the end of the 1st century and the Hôtel des Abbés de Cluny, built at the end of the 15th century.

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The six tapestries depict a slender, blond woman in a Mediterranean garden with a unicorn and a lion on either side. They were woven in Flanders in the early 1500s by unknown artisans — most likely ordered by a wealthy family in Paris, but their subject remains mysterious.

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They are considered some of the finest examples of medieval handiwork in the world.

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For images and more information about this series of tapestries and information click on the following links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musée_national_du_Moyen_Âge

http://heindorffhus.motivsamler.dk/arthistory/frame-TapestryUnicornLady.htm 

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Early medieval sculptures from the seventh and eighth centuries are also stored in the museum.

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Adam made of stone from around 1260.

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cluny-1080100Vaults of the gothic chapel

cluny-1080095While Musée de Cluny is probably not the first place that comes to mind when visiting Paris, it was well worth the visit.

 

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