Thursday, October 27, 2011

PAST: "The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries" at the NGA East Building SUN, Sept 18th - SUN, Jan 8th, Free

The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries
On view at the National Gallery of Art, East Building 
Sunday, September 18th - Sunday, January 8th

The Pastrana Tapestries were commissioned in the late 1400s, likely by the king of Portugal, Afonso V (1432–1481), to commemorate his 1471 campaign in Morocco. Exquisitely rendered in wool and silk by Flemish weavers in Tournai, the tapestries depict a vivid world set against maritime and urban landscapes.

National Gallery of Art
4th & Constitution Ave, NW
East Building, Upper Level
Metro: Judiciary Square - closest to the East Bldg

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