Národní galerie v Praze — Valdštejnská jízdárna: Otevři zahradu rajskou. Benediktini v srdci Evropy 800-1300

Last day in Prague, so last museum. Yesterday while on my public transport tram tour, I passed the Valdštejnská jízdárna, Wallenstein Riding School and saw The Benedictines in the Heart of Europe 800-1300 “Open the Gates of Paradise”, which despite the cloudless sky, sun and 15º day, I took myself along to, hoping to educate myself a little about the six hundred years between 600 and 1200CE, or as I think of it, between Hild and Caroline Walker Bynum.

Many manuscripts, some with funny marginalia, jewellery and decorations of all types, stonework, sculpture, masonry, wooden eating utensils, vast embroideries, a reliquary with pieces of the True Cross, pilgrims badges, illuminations, architectural models and drawings, astronomical and medicinal herb guides. Many of the items were of a similar age to what I’ve so far been looking at in Prague, but seemed much older. Some of them—the reliquaries and badges—referred directly to Bynum’s work, Wonderful Blood; others—the chalices (not shown here)—reminded me of the one Hild carried to King Edwin, though around a hundred years younger than that story. Slowly though I am discovering those periods, and the six centuries between.

Tomorrow, to Budapest. More museums. More other things,