A Tristan tile from Chertsey Abbey

A Tristan tile from Chertsey Abbey

Anon.

c.1260

England

painted tile

In the nineteenth century, a magnificent series of floor tiles was discovered at the site of the medieval abbey at Chertsey, in Surrey. Some depict crusading scenes, including Richard the Lionheart and Saladin. Others form a series retelling the Tristan and Isolde legend, including this one, in which Isolde signals from a boat to Tristan, who is in disguise. Amongst the finest tiles to survive from medieval Britain, they probably came to Chertsey through its royal patronage.

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A Tristan tile from Chertsey Abbey
A Tristan tile from Chertsey Abbey
A lover's gift
A lover's gift
Tristan's madness
Tristan's madness
Tristan the musician
Tristan the musician
Two meaningful rings
Two meaningful rings
Dante imagines the dangers of romance
Dante imagines the dangers of romance