Bayeux Tapestry Research Paper

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The Bayeux Tapestry is “a magnificent exemplar of Romanesque crafts from the 11th century” (Visual Arts. org). As an embroidered piece of medieval art, the Bayeux Tapestry is a pictorial account of the Battle of Hastings between France and England that led to the downfall of the English soldiers. As an embroidery, the Bayeux Tapestry was “made by stitching colored wool onto bleached linen” (p. 196). As cited in Lords and Ladies (n.d.) “The design and colour scheme is woven into the cloth. …in which the pattern is sewn with wool yarn onto an existing piece of cloth” (visual arts). The needlework was an example of the fine quality of needlework France was renowned during the time (Lords and Ladies). The measurement of the Bayeux Tapestry is 230 feet and 20 inches in width. The entire panel is made of eight long strips of linen sewn together (Lords and Ladies). Records show that Bishop Odo of France commissioned “the most s skilled…show more content…
197). The entire tapestry is framed with upper and lower borders. The figures in the scenes are a mix of people, animals, plants, trees, buildings, and ships (Lords and Ladies). Fantastic and mythological animals from Aesop’s Fables fill the upper and lower borders of the tapestry (Lords and Ladies). Overall, the tapestry includes “626 human figures, 731 animals, 376 boats, and 70 buildings and trees” (Adams, 2011, p.196). Also included within the main storyboard are “Latin inscriptions… of nearly 2000 letters” (Lords and Ladies). The predominant colors are blue, green, and terracotta. The color yellow is used very sparingly. The illusion of movements is depicted by diagonal positions of the weapons and the wavy line shown on the ground (Adams, 2011). Overall, the Bayeux Tapestry “reflects the Scandinavian origins of the Normans” (Adams, 2011, p.

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