Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Bayeux Tapestry

I have to talk a bit about the Bayeux Tapestry, now that I have a moment. If you happen to get over there ever, you must go up to Bayeux in Normandy and see it. It's amazing! Any historian, art lover or embroiderer will find it so. Just the graphics and the storytelling expertise... the cartoon, is succinct and has incredible movement. The ebb and flow of the battle, for example, takes you along at an amazing pace. Some small images describe a lot with incidental details. I want to see it again.

Even thought I know it quite well, to see it in one continuous length, rather than on pages, makes a huge difference. Huge. Have a look here too, and explore.

You'll love the town as well.

I've just been Googling the tapestry to find out more, and have found a heap of other similar works, modern, done to depict the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prestonpans Tapestry)and there's the Quaker Tapestry. I thought I might have a go at our Family Dinner, which is always full of movement and activity!

1 comment:

Lyndel said...

several years ago I started collecting Royal Doulton china pieces with scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry on them, I just loved all the illustrations. I sold a lot of the collection off, but I do still have a few pieces, and 2 small cushions on my couch with Bayeux scenes. I would love to see the real thing♥