tapisserie, historique

Historical tapestries

R comme rien Un rien suffit, un reste, une ruine dans la lumière d’une fin de journée, pour faire surgir une rime et nourrir le rêve d’un temps réversible, à rebours de la réalité. On ne regrette rien, on se repaît de ce qui revient, repousse, comme l’herbe entre les pierres. C’est un regain qui ravit1.

1. À Naples, la Vigna di San Martino, un jardin au-dessus du port, où la végétation a poussé entre les ruines.

R as in remnant It takes nothing, just a remnant, a ruin in the waning light of day, to bring forth a rhyme and nourish the dream of reversible time, reality in reverse. One regrets nothing, one relishes what returns, regenerates, like grass between rocks. It’s a renewal that ravishes.1

1. In Naples, the Vigna di San Martino is a garden above the port with plants growing in-between the ruins.

The Centre des Monuments Nationaux houses one of the leading French collections of tapestries, which is on display at some 40 different sites. This year, the center is organizing “En lices!” a season devoted to tapestry that aims to promote awareness of this decorative art. The public will be able to discover a wide range of works produced in Europe, particularly in France, between the 14th and 20th centuries, at over 20 national monuments throughout France, including the châteaux of Angers, Châteaudun, Cadillac and Puyguilhem; the Tau Palace in Reims; and the Abbey of Cluny. From the Apocalypse tapestry in Angersan unrivaled 14th-century masterpieceto contemporary creations, tapestries have been inspired by a variety of topics from the Old and New Testaments, mythology, history, literature and daily life. “En lices!” gives an overview of the history and techniques of tapestry-making and the artists responsible for these creations down the centuries, casting a new light on this age-old art.

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© Antoine Ruais/Centre des monuments nationaux

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