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Threads of Gold: Renaissance Tapestries from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Opening October 9

World-renowned for its artistic treasures, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria, houses the art collections formed over centuries by successive generations of the House of Hapsburg, Austria's royal family. The tapestry collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum is widely known as one of the greatest in existence.


In the late medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, tapestries were among the most prestigious objects owned by the European elite, their cost surpassing that of sculptures or paintings. Richly woven with silk, wool, and gold and silver threads, the eight tapestries in this exhibition were made at the height of the Renaissance Brussels, Europe's foremost center of tapestry production. They depict one of the most popular secular themes in the 16th-century repertoire of Flemish tapestry production - the legendary founding of ancient Rome by the twins, Romulus and Remus.

Six of the eight tapestries are part of a set once owned by the Emperor Matthias (1557-1617). Completing the sequence of the legend are two tapestries from another 16th-century set in the Kunsthistorisches Museum's collection that belonged to the Emperor Franz l (1708-1765), husband of Empress Maria Theresia (1717-1780). All of the tapestries were recently and painstakingly restored.

This exhibition is developed by the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, and tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.


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Friday, October 8, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Publication:Sarasota Magazine
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Date:Oct 1, 2010
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