In the heart of the Visitation – European treasures of monastic life
08 may – 24 december 2010
- Gérard Picaud, director of the museum of the Visitation
- Jean Foisselon, vice-president of the association Regard sur la Visitation
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Visitation of Holy Mary, an uncommon monastic order founded in 1610. On this occasion, the Museum of the Visitation organizes a new temporary exhibition and invites you. You can follow the footsteps of the 40,000 visitors who first discovered his past exhibitions.
“In the heart of the Visitation”, opens for you the doors of a convent of the order and introduces you to the privacy of community Visitation. His grandiose scenography showcases the outstanding collections of a unique museum in Europe. They reflect the rich history of this human institution worldwide and simplicity of monastic life through the centuries.
You admire the diversity of works adorning the rooms of a monastery, wandering through the main living spaces: cloisters, community room, kitchen and dining hall, chapel … In a remarkable quality, but also a great variety, these objects, mostly never seen, illustrate four centuries of decorative arts through the whole of Europe.
You will be amazed by the beauty of liturgical vestments, by the brilliance of silver pieces necessary for worship but also the infinite charm of the artwork that helped the nuns every day to carry their prayers. So you’ll be surprised by the imagination and the materials used by the nuns to create their “works of devotion.”
Whether the visitor is prepared to travel!
As the pilgrim takes his stick, he crosses, impartially and without ulterior motives, the surrounding walls to walk the corridors, entering shops, being dazzled by the wonders that he will be unveiled.