I picked this up in the gift shop of the Cluny Museum in Paris after falling in love all over again with these lovely tapestries. The book does a wonderful job of identifying all the plants and animals scattered throughout the tapestries. It also reveals the probable identity of the family for whom the tapestries were made. The scholarship and reproductions are stellar.
The only reason I hold off giving a fifth star is because I would have liked some information about the women who wove these tapestries. The book started down that road by explaining the process by which the illustration would have been designed -- and proposing an artist who may have been responsible for it, but stops short of describing the loom on which the tapestries were woven. I don't know if it was made in a home or in a workshop -- or in a factory. I don't know if each weaver would have worked separately, never seeing the whole cycle of tapestries, or if the pieces were woven simultaneously. It's a minor issue when there's so much else that's wonderful about this book, but my curiosity is engaged.
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