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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Travelling Bookcase: Musee National du Moyen Age/Musee de Cluny (Paris)

Yesterday, reading, writing and ruminating efforts were put on hold for a trip to Paris and a wander around the wonderful Musee de Cluny in the excellent company of my friend Jonnie.

Musee de Cluny is the Parisian museum of the medieval age and it is the kind of museum that gives the impression of having displayed only the best of an enormous collection.

I was struck all the way around by how amazingly modern some of the imagery was... So to cut a long story short and because there is nothing nicer that looking at pretty pictures of a Tuesday morning, here is a taste of the middle ages....

On glass......


In stone.....














In fabric.....



Of gold.....


In mosaic….



And in wood......

25 comments:

  1. Wonderful, I love the photos.

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  2. I'm not naturally a fan of the Medieval Age (I think my mother put me off with her love of it) but the gold is just exquisite. So delicate.

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  3. Wow - beautiful photos. It sounds a fascinating place to see.

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  4. These photos are so very beautiful.

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  5. What a lovely treat those photos are! I visited Cluny as a child but cannot remember if we went to that museum. I think not, as surely I would remember such gorgeous things.

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  6. Do they still have the statue of (probably) Julian the Apostate?

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  7. Thank you for sharing with us your trip to Paris and your visit to the Musee de Cluny (of the Medieval Age).
    How creative of you to choose examples of artefacts made from different material.
    Who is the saint in the stained glass? She looks as if she's accepting a pineapple. I love working out the symbolism depicted in these works of art.
    Once more thank you for this feast for the eyes.

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  8. I walked by that museum a dozen times on the way to movie theaters. Every time I said we should go it and every time my husband said, "Art of the Middle Ages was his least favorite." I should have gone alone.

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  9. Beautiful photos! What I wouldn't give to be able to visit that museum! I particularly loved the gold flowers and the stone artistry. The Middle Ages are so fascinating to me, for all sorts of reasons.

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  10. Isn't that place something? I went on a free day a couple of years ago and it was surprisingly crowded. I want to go back when it's a little more placid.

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  11. On my annual visit to Paris I stay in a little hotel just a minute from the Museum de Cluny. I always visit and sit or stand in awe of the Lady and the Unicorn - one of the greatest artworks in a city full of artworks. I also really like the garden of Musee de Cluny. Thanks for this.

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  12. Oh, I loved the Cluny - especially the Unicorn tapestries. A very meditative space.

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  13. Oh, wonderful :-) how lucky you are!

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  14. My favourite period in time. Thank you for the glimpse!

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  15. Sigh. Color me officially jealous! I miss wandering about European museums.

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  16. What a wonderful sounding place to visit. I particularly like the tapestry that you show.

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  17. Ah beautiful! Lucky you! I never got the chance to go to this museum but I am hoping I get to next time! The pictures are beautiful...you have selected them beautifully :)

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  18. I really like your blog! I'm a new author and have enjoyed this new experience. I find that it's the most difficult and most rewarding. I'm also a graphic designer and love having that creative outlet as well.
    Thanks for your post! I will be back for more updates. :-)

    Melissa Nielsen
    frommysomewhatseriousmind.blogspot.com www.printhis.biz

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  19. I love your blog Hannah and especially this post - I have fond memories of a trip to Paris which included a visit to the Musee de Cluny. Great choice of photos which perfectly illustrates the period's enormous contribution to art.

    And now for a catch up with several posts that I have missed!

    Jeanne
    x

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  20. Oh, gosh you are so lucky! We went there a really long time ago, 1971, and I remember eating pastries outside - is there an amphitheatre or something like that nearby? I loved the tapestries.

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  21. How beautiful! Thank you for the wonderful post and photographs. I'm absolutely smitten!

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  22. I am astonished by your photos, how wonderful!! I wish I could use each of them as a desktop photo for my computer, (I'll confess, I tried, they don't look good on the old widescreen. So I'll just have to bookmark this page and come back often. So I can sigh....)

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  23. Dear Hannah,

    I’m a graphic designer from NYC, I was researching images from Musee de Cluny for a project I’m working on and came across your website. I’d like to ask for your permission to use the image of the headless sculptures and the photo of the heads you had taken. We’ll be producing 30 copies of a brochure, and your name would be credited on the photographs.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,

    Mariana Uchoa

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  24. (My email is marianauchoa@gmail.com)

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