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Art and Nature in the Middle Ages

Through some 100 illuminated manuscripts, gemstones, tapestries, stained glass windows, and other objects, Art and Nature in the Middle Ages reveals how the depiction of flora and fauna evolved in Western Europe from the 12 th to early 16 th century, with decorative stylization giving way to more realistic imagery based on close observation. Offering historical sweep, the show highlights the role of the great European migrations that took place between the 5th and 7th centuries, and the influence of Islamic and Eastern art forms on medieval artisans. It was organized by the Musée national du Moyen Âge (Musée de Cluny) in Paris, home of the celebrated Lady and the Unicorn tapestry cycle. This will be its sole U.S. presentation.