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Henry VIII: the unseen tapestries

Henry VIII: the unseen tapestries

Loan exhibition - "Henry VIII: the unseen tapestries." The exhibition includes as its centrepiece the monumental and rediscovered "Saint Paul Directing the Burning of the Heathen Books", commissioned by the king and delivered to Hampton Court in 1538-9. Believed destroyed, it was rediscovered in Spain in 2013. On view is a rare and remarkable weaving, the only known representation of Henry VIII in tapestry. It is believed that Lord John Russell, King Henry’s executor and1st Earl of Bedford, commissioned it to commemorate his investiture into the Order of the Garter. The tapestry shows Russell before King Henry and in company with Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester and Prelate of the Order. The exhibition includes "The Abduction of Romulus and Remus" which was purchased by the King in 1529 from Richard Gresham to hang at Greenwich Palace. Later, during the commonwealth, its Roman subject was fascinatingly reserved for Oliver Cromwell’s own use. The tapestry went to Whitehall and was used by Charles II as a backdrop in the famous portrait, circa 1671-6, in the Royal Collection of the king enthroned, by John Michael Wright. The exhibition, which runs from 1st - 19th October, includes other tapestries and textiles associated with the king. DATE: 1st – 19th October VIEWING: Weekdays 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm FRANSES ARCHIVE LECTURE To coincide with the exhibition, Dr Thomas P Campbell, former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and an authority on renaissance tapestry will be giving a lecture “The Art of Majesty: Henry VIII’s Tapestry Collection” at the Royal Academy of Arts on Saturday 6 October 2018 at 3pm. Admission is by invitation only. For tickets please apply to gallery@franses.com or telephone 020 7976 1234

Grotesqueries: Renaissance and Baroque Tapestries EXHIBITION NOW CLOSED

Grotesqueries: Renaissance and Baroque Tapestries EXHIBITION NOW CLOSED

This exhibition explores the origin and evolution of 'grotesque' tapestries with five different grotesque weavings from 1530-1700. A catalogue containing forty different grotesque tapestries will accompany the exhibition. The exhibition can be viewed at Richard L Feigen, 34 East 69 Street, New York 10065 from January 23, until March 20, 2015 Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm

Medieval and Renaissance Tapestry in Europe: History Woven in Threads EXHIBITION NOW CLOSED

Medieval and Renaissance Tapestry in Europe: History Woven in Threads EXHIBITION NOW CLOSED

The Franses Tapestry Archive, in association with Nathan Levi, Florence, is is pleased to announce a LOAN EXHIBITION – Medieval and Renaissance Tapestry in Europe: History Woven in Threads – held under the patronage of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, Dr Algirdas Butkevicius. The exhibition opened at the historic Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania on 17 September and will run until 14 December 2014‎. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. The top image shows the Prime Minister Dr Algirdas Butkevicius (right) viewing a Giant Leaf tapestry with Dr Vydas Dolinskas (left), Director of the National Museum - Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. The lower image captures some of the special visitors and press invited to view the thirty-four Renaissance tapestries comprising the exhibition.

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