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Next exhibition : the ruff and extravagant collars

July 17th to December 30th 2009
14:00 hours to 18:00 hours (14:00 to 19:00 in July and August)

Portrait de femme par Michel Jansz van Miereveld, 1625, huile sur bois.The exhibition for this summer is moving quickly forward and will show some exceptional items. The presentation claims to be fun, as it is aimed as much for a young public as for adults, and will create an atmosphere in which  the visitor will be able to re-enact the past with the proposed items and choose a route for the visit through the countries  which developed the fashion of the ruff. Puzzles, mirror games and construction games will give  rhythm to the visit.

To do so, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyons is lending a magnificent picture by Michel Jansz van Miereveld (1567-1641), "Portrait of a lady"dated 1625, oil on wood. The identity of this young woman of 28, is not known. The jewellery and the riches of her dress proves her belonging to the upper-middle class or the Dutch nobility. The details of the ruff collar that she wears show especially well thanks to the high quality of the painting. Typical of Flanders, these great cartwheels were worn by women. This ruff is decorated with lace.



Portrait of a lady, Michel Jansz van Mierveld(Delft 1567 - Delft 1641), 1625, oil on wood.
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon



The partnership between diverse museums seems to be very productive. The exhibition will show several stage costumes on loan from the “National Centre for Stage Costumes” in Moulins, as well as different items of lace used to decorate different type of ruffs. Other partner will be present…..A free hand has been given to  a few contemporary artists who will offer an  out of sync vision of the ruff.

Briefly, an exhibition full of surprises, not to be missed ...

View the update of march 2009
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