Monday, October 27

Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry


Detail from “Saint Paul Directing the Burning of the Heathen Books”
"The first major monographic exhibition devoted to the great 16th-century Netherlandish artist Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502-1550) will open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 8, 2014. Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry will explore the artist’s career and reunite many of the finest surviving drawings, panel paintings, and cartoon fragments from his hand with 19 of the spectacular Renaissance tapestries that were made to his designs. These massive hangings were the ultimate medium for Coecke’s artistic expression, yet while they were being woven, he never touched them; they were executed by weavers who superbly translated his vision with brilliant silks, wools, and precious metal-wrapped threads."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Blog
Yale: Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry
NY Times: In Weft and Warp, Earth, Heaven and Hell

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