If you visit Vienna be sure to tour the Treasury Chamber or the Schatzkammer. It really is much more than a chamber. The word chamber gives the idea of one room, but there are numerous rooms on the tour and surely you will find many of interest. While we enjoyed seeing the silver and the gold and the jewels we came away most impressed by the tapestry work in the final room.
Tapestries we have seen in other museum always have been hung on walls. This give a good view of the entire tapestry, but not of the needlework. In this museum tapestries are both on walls and in cases so that you can get really views close-up. The ones that we could get close to gave us views of the needlework that really 'knocked our eyes out'. I always thought that tapestries were done with one basic stitch ... say something like counted cross stitch. Now I know that many people love to create pictures and design with counted cross stitch but I have tried it and found counted cross stitch deadly boring. However it is a totally different experience, at least
for me, when it comes to needlepoint. In needlepoint hundreds of stitches can be used to create effects of flowing water, of hair, of clothing, of sky. The only limitation for the person working on a needlepoint is their knowledge of stitches and their own imagination of how to use them. We discovered it is the same with tapestry. The stitches are tiny and extremely varied. I now stand in awe of those who worked on and created the huge tapestries that we have seen in museums since close-up the work is much more complex than I ever imagined. I actually never even realized tapestries were made by hand. I had always wondered how anyone wove those complicated pictures. What a pity most tapestries are high on walls where it is impossible to see the fantastic skill of the creator/artists who made them. Enjoy the photos.
We are retired librarians. Nancy worked for the Board of Education and Bill operated a one person engineering library for a communications company. Travel has been one of our passions our entire marriage.
Originally we thought this blog would report only on our trip to Prague. However, we have decided to add entries and photos previous trips. We hope you enjoy them.
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