Decorative Arts Trust: Tale of a Tapestry
03/24/2019, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Included with museum admission map
Less than a quarter century before King Henry VIII abolished the Catholic Church in England and dissolved the monasteries, church officials in Canterbury commissioned a magnificent tapestry comprising of six pieces to hang around the choir of Christ Church Cathedral. It is the only known pre-Reformation tapestry woven for an English church, which today belongs to Saint Sauveur cathedral in Aix-en-Provence. Dr. Rosamund Garrett, Curator of European and Decorative Arts at the Brooks, will recount this epic story of war, revolution, and multiple thefts that marked the 600-year journey of this important art object from Kent to the south of France. This fast-paced tale, the subject of her PhD research, will include Garrett's tips for transporting a ladder on the Paris Metro.
This program will mark the first public presentation by Garrett since she moved from London to Memphis to join the Brooks staff. She will also share her upcoming plans for the European art collection and introduce us to her first acquisition for the museum, an early sixteenth century panel painting of Balthazar, one of the three Magi, now on view in the Moss Gallery.
This presentation is an addition to the previously announced Decorative Arts Trust's program calendar. Offered on Sunday afternoon, the lecture is open to the public and free with museum admission. Join us in the rotunda after the presentation for coffee and dessert. Please come and bring a friend. For more information, visit the DAT's website.