Tapestries – The Medieval Times Herald-sorpack

Interior-Decorating The Middle Ages featured a class distinction more clear cut than any before or since. From the throne of the absolute monarch down to the lowliest serf, each level had distinct advantages and limitations. Education was only available to the highest echelons; reserved for monarchs and their male progeny; priests; scholars and students of the law. The uneducated masses made up the largest portion of society, and tapestries were a way of portraying events both historical and mythological to them in a format easily understood by young and old. The high cost of wall hangings made them a commodity far out of the reach of all but the most wealthy and prestigious. There was one major avenue of access, however, that was open to all. The Church – A Natural Gathering Place The churches and cathedrals often used ornate wall hung tapestries to describe events in pictorial form. This allowed them to relate both religious and local history (at that time, there was no true separation of church and state, so this often amounted to the same thing). Of course, the powers that ruled were able to spin all information so the peasants received only that which was deemed appropriate for them to know. In the case of religion, tapestries often showed renderings of different saints, the mother Mary and the Christ Himself in many different poses. Famous lines from scripture were brought to life; Creation, Christ on the cross, the empty tomb, Elijah and the Chariot and many others. Angels figured predominately, and as the years wore on the duality of man was explored with tapestries that showed more secular scenes with a moral lesson. Historical and Fanciful Tapestries Famous events were also recorded; in France, the Bayeux tapestry detailed the stages of the Norman Conquest and is considered the best historical account of events during that time. Many question its veracity on certain points – spin was apparently a factor in making the Normans appear in the best possible light – but there is no doubt as to its value. Dating from an age when written records were still scanty, many scraps of tapestry have been used in an attempt to reconstruct daily life as well as the belief system of the times. The fifteenth and sixteenth centuries showed a steady increase of interest in tapestry art, and many of the most famous late medieval wall hangings date from this period. The Lady and the Unicorn series is believed to have been woven in the late 1400’s, and is now displayed at the Cluny Museum in full restoration. This is a heavily reproduced design, having proven a favorite through the years among those who choose wall hangings to fill a portion of their interior decorating needs. Other popular tapestry designs include romantic depictions of lords and ladies fair, and battles between knights in shining armor and scaly draconic opponents. These often include some minute secondary character looking on – a favorite of the ruling monarch, or a whimsy of the crafts master. In other tapestries, scenes reminiscent of the painters of the time are shown in great detail – struggles between man and his own warring natures come complete with beseeching angels and darkly sinister demons. Modern Day Medievalism Reproduced in full color by modern looms, many of these fabled tapestries can now be enjoyed on the walls of the average homeowner. Much like a print of a famous painting, these reproductions can give a feeling of richness and timelessness to a home, adding greatly to its appeal and exuding a feeling of warmth and luxury. They can be hung in a family room or den, a front room or parlor, or a master or guest bedroom. Most medieval tapestries’ vibrant use of color actually makes them easy to decorate around – simply pick a color as your base theme for the room and work in different colors from the tapestry as accents. You can try for a bright jeweled effect, or more somber earth tones. Either way the tapestry will serve as a focal point and pull the whole room together. Don’t be afraid to dress it up with tasseled lamp shades, draped curtains and upholstered furniture to play up the Renaissance look! Any home owner trying to decide what to do with a large expanse of wall space should look into hanging tapestries as their solution. The affordability of this type of wall art makes them the perfect choice, and with so many different patterns dating from centuries ago, you are sure to be able to find the perfect choice to grace your own wall and keep the ancient stories alive and well! About the Author: 相关的主题文章: