The Divine Art: Four Centuries of European Tapestries
Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago


After a hefty conservation undertaking, the Art Institute of Chicago has brought its entire collection of 70 European tapestries out of storage and onto display. It's a phenomenal exhibition that reflects the importance of such magnificent tapestries in the history of art. Masterpieces from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries cover the walls, from the ceiling to the ground. They depict mythological scenes, biblical and Christian themes, events from ancient history, and representations of everyday life and the countryside.

Often produced for multiple suites or chambers, many of these tapestries are connected to related pieces found in collections around the world. The tapestries originate from England, Flanders, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland. A complete set of 14 tapestries comprises a cycle representing "The Story of Ceasar and Cleopatra." Before being hung on the walls, they were restored at the laboratory of De Wit Royal Manufacturers in Mechelen, Belgium.

November 1, 2008, through January 4, 2009
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
IL 60603

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