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The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries

Exhibition: 27 October - 31 December 2012

From the museums press release

Monumental in scale and meticulous in construction, the Pastrana Tapestries are one of the finest examples of Gothic tapestry in existence. The four, 36-foot-long tapestries are on view together for the first time as part of a rare U.S. tour that follows an extensive restoration project. Expertly woven in Belgium’s Tournai workshops in the late 1400s, the Pastrana Tapestries are singular for their depiction of a contemporary subject: the military victories of Portugal’s King Afonso V (1432-1481) in North Africa. Through vibrantly colored wool and silk threads, a vivid scene of military pomp and conquest emerges — knights in full regalia raise their swords to the sky, royal trumpeters sound their advance, ships’ masts punctuate the horizon and scenes of battle teem with valor and might. PEM is the exclusive Northeast venue for The Invention of Glory.

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Fundaci├│n Carlos de Amberes, Madrid, in association with the Embassy of Spain, the Spain-USA Foundation and the Embassy of Portugal, and with the cooperation of the Embassy of Belgium and the Embassy of Morocco in Washington, D.C., as well as the Diocese of Sig├╝enza-Guadalajara and Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Pastrana, Spain.

The conservation of the tapestries was undertaken at the initiative of the Fundaci├│n Carlos de Amberes, with support from the Belgian Inbev-Baillet Latour Fund, the Spanish Fundaci├│n Caja Madrid, the Region of Castilla-La Mancha, the Provinc -Guadalajara / Church of Our Lady of the Assumption.

Support provided by the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.

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