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Middle Ages

An abundance of artistic creations emerged from this long period.

From the early Middle Ages (Merovingian period) through to the end of the Gothic era (15th-16th centuries), the museum enables visitors to discover all forms of art practiced from the 5th century.

Each period is presented through its key distinguishing elements.
The brilliant craftsmanship of the glassblowers and goldsmiths from the Merovingian period completely changes our perception of these eras, which have long been considered “uncivilised”.

The start of the Christianisation of Normandy is represented through the relics of the first religious buildings (churches, monasteries, etc.)
The growing influence of the Church and its importance within Mediaeval society account for the number of religious objects that are on show: stained glass windows from the churches of Rouen, sculpted capital columns from the Saint-Georges abbey in Boscherville, statues and sculpted architectural fragments, and items of treasure (reliquaries, abbot crosiers, liturgical dishes).

The alabaster sculptures and altarpieces from various European countries also demonstrate how Normandy opened up to the world from this time onwards.

The “Cerfs Ailés” (Winged Stags) tapestry, which is exceptionally well preserved, and the numerous floor tiles echo the richness of secular interiors.