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Vine and the Wine across the Arts: a dialogue from Antiquity to the present day

Everyone now agrees that wine is a major cultural object. Since its most distant origins, over 6,000 years before the birth of Christ, it has always occupied an important position in both European and Mediterranean civilisations. It has left a rich cultural heritage going far beyond folk art and popular customs. The Muses’ companion, wine has been represented through many different art forms: fine and decorative arts, literature and even music. In every case, wine is an essential witness to our social and cultural history. While the Virtual Wine Museum is primarily concerned with painting, certain examples taken from other art forms also illustrate this fact. Such is the case with this Flemish tapestry, The Grape Harvest, dating from the start of the 16th century, on display in the Musée National du Moyen-Age, also known as the Musée de Cluny.

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