The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome

The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome

September 23, 2017 to January 21, 2018

In the age of the Baroque, tapestries were among the most precious objects in any collection, lending a material splendor to the residences of the powerful.  In the competition for magnificence that animated seventeenth-century Rome, the Barberini (the family of Pope Urban VIII) outdid all their rivals by founding their own tapestry workshop in 1625, creating custom-wove designs by such eminent artists as Peter Paul Rubens, Pietro da Cortona, and Giovanni Francesco Romanelli.  This exhibition features one of the Barberini’s renowned series –Life of Christ – on loan from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Curated by James Harper, associate professor, History of Art and Architecture, the exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication and serve as content for art history courses.