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On a Monday in Paris most museums as well as some shops and the markets are closed. A true Parisian needs Mondays to rest after a busy weekend.

Fortunately there are exceptions. The Musee le Cluny is one of those. It is dedicated to medieval art. The dark ages fascinate me. There is so much I love from this era. Could it have been so dark if it gave us the beautiful cathedrals? The art is also stunning. Most of it is dedicated to the church.

The museum is housed in a medieval building. It was built like a fort, strong and secure but with beautiful ornamentation on all windows and doors. The inside is stark as well. But then the magic begins…

Ribbed chapel vault

Room after room is filled with objects. Altarpieces to start with  finely carved from wood.  It is important to remember that most people were illiterate in those days . The church decorations and windows told stories from the Bible to remind people what to do.

Crucified Christ
Stained glass window

Reading was for the privileged and books were a very valuable acid. All were beautifully illustrated as well.

  1. Illuminated manuscripts

The craftmanship was incredible. Especially the goldsmith work that was combined with enamel work.

Gold with enamel

The highlight of the museum is the room with tapestries depicting the Lady and the Unicorn. This is some of the beautiful secular art we have left. The unicorn has a definite double meaning… All the tapestries demonstrate sensual things like touching, music, visual and so on. These tapestries were intended for the rooms of a wealthy lady. It not only decorated the room but isolated the cold buildings.

The Lady and the Unicorn

I was so immersed in beauty that I was almost shocked to find the last room dedicated to weapons. We forget that this was a time of feudal warlords .

The building is surrounded by gardens in the gothic style, complete with hedges of stone and wood. Flowerbeds are filled with old fashioned flowers mixed with vegetables and fruit and nut trees


The rest of my day I will dedicate to painting. So far there is nothing promising but at least I started working..