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Héros antiques: la tapisserie flamande face à l’archéologie

Heroes of Ancient Rome: Flemish tapestry and Antiquity Exhibition: 29 November 2013 - 2 March 2014

The Heroes of Ancient Rome exhibition in the Musée Rath brings together a magnificent ensemble of Flemish tapestries belonging to the collections of the Fondation Toms Pauli in Lausanne and the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva. The tapestries were woven in the seventeenth century in leading Brussels workshops. They tell the stories of great figures of Ancient Rome and illustrate their interpretation in the baroque period. The sets reveal the characteristic fascination during the century of Louis XIV with political and military virtue as exemplified in the heroic deeds of Alexander, Constantine and Scipio. These exceptional tapestries, some of which have never been seen in public before, will be shown alongside engravings, artworks and medals, as well as a unique selection of antiques from the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art and casts from the University of Geneva.