Friday, November 16, 2007

Bayeux Tapestry

William and Harold ride with soldiers to Williams’s palace at Rouen. William sits while Harold talk to him. The mysterious incident on the far right seems to have nothing to do with the main story, but it may have been well known in the 11th century. It might refer to a sexual scandal - the man in the lower border is naked in the original tapestry, but he has been provided with shorts by the Victorian embroiderers who made this copy.


Detail of embroidery.
Comments due by Monday 11/19.

16 comments:

livefish said...

Now this comes up alot....with everything being sex scandals and guys getting together in the Bible and kings getting together with their servants(which is probably true) but it's just really wierd that it's always coming up in history.

This one is about John Adams...serioulsy, could he have time for this??

http://us.history.wisc.edu/hist102/towncry/sex.html

jpayne said...
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jpayne said...

There are a lot of different directions the tapestry can take you with all the different scenes. Each scene has history to it and tells a story in a way. You can learn more about each scene and its history at the following site:

http://www.bayeuxtapestry.org.uk/

It's pretty cool to see this. Different than a lot of the other artwork we've looked at!

retroclide said...

Okay, this has nothing to do with the naked guy...it has everything to do with the Tapestry and other important pieces of history. The Bayeaux Tapestry was commissioned and designed by Queen Matilda, William the Conqueror's wife. The size, beauty, detail and information contained in the Tapestry make is infinitely important. It is such an important piece of history that it's found its way on to the Memory of the World Register. The register is dedicated to preserving important pieces of history. Check out the register at http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=1678&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html.

exquisitedesign said...

When we began talking about this tapestry in class, it also reminded me of the tapestry that Odysseus's wife did in the Odyssey. The following website is for purchasing tapestries, but it also has some historical information too. It explains how stories and great people of Greece, Rome, etc. would be created in these tapestries, although when the Dark Ages came only artists and embroiderers would create the tapestries. It goes on to tell how Gothic art began to show up in the works and moves on to the Renaissance. Anyways, it gives a little insight about tapestries.

http://www.io.com/~tapestry/index.html

nwalker said...

People that appear in the Tapestry are the three kings; Edward the Confessor:King of England, Harold:King of England, William Normandy:King of England, The Clerics; Odo:Bishop of Bayeux, Stigand:Archbishop of Canterbury, And the Women; Edith, Fleeing woman, and Aelfgyva.
http://www.bayeuxtapestry.org.uk/BayeuxPeople.htm

Luis said...

Yes it is more likely that the scene far right is thanks to a sexual scandal, but it could be something else from the upcoming sections of the tapestry too.

tnap said...

So, I didn't like the tapestry at first. At first glance it just seems like bunch of 10 year old kids decided to learn how to embroider! After that little YouTube movie though, its kinda growing on me. I love the story behind it, very interesting. Anyway, I found a British Museum that holds a replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. Their website is neat because it has a link where you can make your own section of the tapestry! Haha, I like it!
http://www.readingmuseum.org.uk/

Marc said...

I must say, the motion edited version was much more entertaining. As far as the image linked goes, the bottom of the tapestry being labeled with "Ends Here" is really helpful. It was hard to know when to stop looking.

aydin1107 said...

I thought the animated version made this piece much more interesting also. Sometimes,I think it can be difficult to process so much art at one time, and to be able to appreciate detail you have to be able to really see the art. But anyways, I did think it was interesting that the "nothing is known for certain about the tapestry’s origins," however, they do have their suspicions concerning where it came from. It also states that, "the Bayeux Tapestry is preserved and displayed in Bayeux, in Normandy, France." I also think this is interesting because you would think it would be in England, but it's not. Like most art it's not kept where it probably orginated from.

http://www.bayeuxtapestry.org.uk/BayeuxInfo.htm

Kaitlin said...

These tapestries are really amazing. Every scene seems to have important historical signifigance. They are kinda like history books for the people of this time. I think it is interesting that the people aren't very realistic looking. There is a definite style to the way these were done. It is a piece of art that took so much team-work and time for sure.
http://panograph.free.fr/BayeuxTapestry.html

VictorVonDoom said...

i agree with mark, when something modern and medieval collide it makes for a great time! I also really enjoyed the Tapestry. I wouldnt have liked it as much if it wasnt animated and told the way it was

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