Tapestry : The Ultimate Wall Decoration
Thu 4th Jul 2024 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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The Entry of Alexander into Babylon, about 1665–probably by 1676, made at the Royal Factory of Furniture to the Crown at the Gobelins Manufactory. Design by Charles Le Brun; cartoon for the vertical-warp loom by Henri Testelin; weaving by Jean Jans the Elder, Jean Jans the Younger, or Jean Lefebvre. Wool, silk, gilt metal- and silver-wrapped thread, 194 7/8 x 318 7/8 in. Le Mobilier National. Image © Le Mobilier National. Photo by Lawrence Perquis
Description of Lecture
Tapestries were the most expensive wall decorations in the Middle Ages and beyond. Often commissioned in sets, taking years to produce, they graced some of the most significant courts of Europe from the 15th century to the 21st. This lecture will explore the making of tapestries and some landmark sets including those of the House of Burgundy, Pope Leo X and Henry VIII all made by the weavers of Flanders and those of Louis XIV and the current Queen of Denmark made by the weavers of the Gobelins factory in Paris. It will explore the changing approaches and some of the stories translated into tapestry.
Susan is the Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Dyers and Colourists. This is in recognition of her work on the history of dyes. Susan lectures worldwide and in 2013 published The Story of Colour in Textiles. Susan curates exhibitions for the RSN at Hampton Court Palace. She is also responsible for the archive collection of the RSN.