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'The Invention Of Glory' At San Diego Museum Of Art
Above: The Siege of Asilah (detail), Wool and silk, c.1470, Pastrana. Image provided by The San Diego Museum of Art. The exhibit will run from June 9th, 2012 through September 9th, 2012
Members get a free, early, exclusive preview of "Invention of Glory" before the exhibition opens to the public on June 8th at 12 p.m. Not yet a member? Join online now to get free admission all year-round, and that's just the beginning!
This exhibition features a recently restored set of four monumental tapestries that commemorate the deeds of Afonso V, King of Portugal. Woven in the late 1400s, these monumental tapestries, each measuring 12 by 36 feet, depict Afonso V's conquest in 1471 of the Moroccan cities of Asilah and Tangier, located near the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. They are among the rarest and earliest examples of tapestries created to celebrate what were then contemporary events, instead of allegorical or religious subjects.
The designer minimized the misery of warfare, reinventing the event with the heroic image of Afonso and the ideals of chivalry in mind. Exquisitely rendered in wool and silk threads by Flemish weavers in Tournai, Belgium, the tapestries teem with vivid and colorful images of knights, ships, and military paraphernalia set against a backdrop of maritime and urban landscapes.
The exhibition will run from June 9th, 2012 through September 9th, 2012 with paid admission entry.
NOTE: Only members are allowed to the exclusive preview on June 8th.