The Bayeux Tapestry comes to the U.K. next year. In my last post, that you all enjoyed, judging by the feedback, I said the loan would be this year. It is actually planned for 2022. So sorry about that. I am not guilty of peddling Fake News, just happen to have made a mistake.
Anyway the loan of this masterpiece of romanesque art is coming to the U.K. in 2022 to coincide with the redevelopment of the Bayeux Museum, its home on loan from the Cathedral. It is not clear where it will be displayed yet, but the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert, both in London, appear to be front runners.
What you will enjoy looking at the real thing, missing from some of the copies, are the bawdy marginal figures. I think this marks it out as of British origin. Illuminated manuscripts, of which tapestries and stained glass derive their designs, were full of marginal figures. Continental manuscripts, especially French, were normally decorated with regular patterns, often floral, a sort of diaper effect.
The marginal figures tell other stories away from the main events and often gave the illustrators free rein to entertain and challenge their readers. Like modern advertising it also gave plenty of opportunity for titillation. So if the Bayeux Tapestry was created by the Canterbury nuns, as is supposed, they were a bawdy lot!