The new exhibition at the Cluny Museum, super close to our hotels explores an odd but interesting subject – engravings, inspired by The Lady and the Unicorn, that can found miniaturised inside some very unusual boxes…
Tiny engravings based on his drawings have been discovered inserted into the lid of small caskets made of beech wood and covered with leather and iron details. These engravings are often based on a specific theme, and are quite delicate – it seems that less than140 have survived until the present day.
Detailed, secret and often very colourful, these tiny paintings are quite fascinating.
Thanks to a number of loans (including many from the French National Library), the exhibitions contains around 100 pieces – printed books, tapestries, stained-glass windows, engravings, caskets and drawings – showing Jean d’Ypres’ style and evoking what these hybrid objects may have been used for.