Friday, February 3, 2017

Musees Cluny and d'Orsay

Musee Cluny
The Musee Cluny, now officially the Musee National du Moyer Age, is just a few blocks from our apartment.  It would be a return visit from our 2009 trip to see The Lady and the Unicorn, a set of 6 tapestries considered one of the greatest European works of art of the Middle Ages.  For those who like historical fiction, Tracy Chevalier's The Lady and the Unicorn depicts the tapestries. Somehow we exited the museum without seeing the unicorn tapestries.  We will probably return and rent a head set since the musee could care less for the English language. We hardly knew what we were viewing. And we will need to find those tapestries.  

Tapestries (not Unicorn) in the Musee Cluny

Our next stop was at the Musee d'Orsay, a museum that holds the most extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world.  We spent the remainder of our day here and only saw the symbolists. This former train station has been transformed into a place of beauty and tranquility.  The main salon which extends the length of the building is filled with sculpture, and today many artists drawing the sculptures, photographers clicking away and admirers roaming throughout.  We ate lunch on the 5th floor betneath the huge station clock, saw a bit more amazing art and headed home.  

Musee d'Orsay
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