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The Hanging of the Life of the Virgin Mary

Take a closer look at the Life of the Virgin hanging in the Tau Palace!

After the ravages of fire, revolution and war, only two of the seventeen pieces illustrating the life of the Virgin remain, and only in fragmentary form!

A 16th century patron of the arts!

Donated in 1530 by Archbishop Robert de Lononcourt to decorate the cathedral choir, the hanging of the life of the Virgin was intended to decorate, isolate and educate the canons. The subject is a favorite in medieval iconography
It takes its place behind the rood screen, alternating with other tapestries according to the liturgical moment.

This gift stands out from the usual production by the number of its woven pieces, their unusual and vast format, and the quality of their execution and composition.

It also bears witness to the donor's strong personality! Indeed, if you look closely at the tapestries, you'll notice that thearchbishop wished to leave his mark .

On each piece, integrated into the decor, the chapter coat of arms of Robert de Lenoncourt and an inscription accompany his effigy at prayer on the piece depicting the Death of the Virgin. This prelate also appears on the Nativity tapestry.

La Nativité - Onzième pièce de la tenture dela Vie de la Vierge

© Pascal Lemaître / Centre des monuments nationaux