18 January 2013

"Suitable for nuns"

The final panel of a tapestry made in Germany about 1490. The tapestry depicts a woman in a fashionable dress undertaking a spiritual journey. After prayer, confession, washing her heart in Christ's blood to purify it, and taking Holy Communion, she finally enters a convent. "Such subject matter was seen as suitable for nuns," says the label, "and this may even have been made in a nunnery."

The entire panel, with a statue of St Francis, displayed in the V&A's medieval gallery -

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