Apocalypse Tapestry

at Angers

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    • Made of wool using the low-warp technique and reversible, the tapestry currently measures on average 103 metres in length and 4.5 metres in width. This work, based on a 1st century A.D. manuscript (the visions of St John, the final text of the New Testament), illustrates the historical, social and political context of 14th century France, at the time of the Hundred Years War, of epidemics and famine.

      After a damaging period between the late 18th and early 19th centuries when it was mutilated, abandoned and dispersed, the tapestry was reassembled and restored in the mid 19th century by Canon Joubert. The tapestry was returned to the château d’Angers in 1954 to be presented to the public. 

      In the semi-darkness of the gallery, you will be able to appreciate all the symbolism and mystery that this work exudes. The Apocalypse of St John has been interpreted in many ways through the centuries and you may well have your own ideas by the time you leave here…
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