I had the privilege last week of visiting the Apocalypse Tapestry, an extraordinary medieval treasure now housed in the castle of Angers in France. It is a masterpiece of art preserved almost intact, though a bit faded, and was commissioned by Louis I of Anjou in the late 1300s to adorn his palace. Given that it was designed and drawn up in totality by a single great artist, and that every inch of its vast expanse was handwoven by master loomsters, it must have originally cost more than a king's ransom. Today it is a priceless survivor of the later middle ages. If you're planning to make a visit, allow plenty of time to really look. And being of a frivolous turn of mind, myself, I particularly looked at the margins - this is where the medieval artist generally went to town with his drolleries and jollities. Upstairs was all angels and clouds as far as I could see (it's hung quite high and gives you a real crick in the neck), in keeping with the solemnity of the cosmic events in the main body. But look what I found downstairs, among all the botanically correct flowers and foliage.....
The view from my desk
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