Visitors gaze at the "Apocalypse Tapestry" (1377–1382), the world's largest and oldest surviving medieval set of tapestries, at the Angers Castle in western France, September 22, 2016.AFP/LOIC VENANCE
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Dusty and somewhat faded, as befits its onetime use as insulation for horse stables, a priceless piece of medieval artistic heritage, France's "Apocalypse Tapestry," is getting a welcome cleanup.The work, which purports to be the longest tapestry in the world, originally stood 5.8 meters high compared with its current 4.6 meters, and was around 40 meters longer, but it has lost some 20 panels and part of its border over time.Four sections out of a total of some 70 surviving scenes have been taken down.Some 200 years later, the bishopric was faced with what to do with the tapestry when the political climate conspired to see Church art fall victim to the aftermath of the French Revolution.Various works were destroyed and the tapestry was cut up and used variously as floor mats, stable insulation and anti-frost covers for fruit.Although it's largely unknown to the general public even in France, Yannou feels the "Apocalypse Tapestry" is Angers' very own answer to the Sistine Chapel, which it predates by a century.
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