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The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome

Mar 21 Through Jun 25 | Tue | Suggested donation $10
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The Cathedral of St. John the Divine mounts an exhibition showcasing its collection of The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome which will be open from Tuesday, March 21, 2017 until Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street). The twelve-panel tapestry series, the Life of Christ, was originally installed at the Vatican and the Barberini family palaces before coming to America at the end of the nineteenth century. This exhibition brings together the series for the first time in many decades.

In 2001, a major fire destroyed the Cathedral’s north transept and seriously damaged several of the Life of Christtapestries. The Textile Conservation Laboratory, renowned worldwide for its work on antique and modern textiles, has spent the past 16 years cleaning and conserving the tapestries, culminating in this highly anticipated exhibition. Fragments from one of the most heavily damaged tapestries will be displayed in the exhibition, along with text and illustrations providing a fascinating glimpse into the advanced methods and painstaking care required to return the series to its original glory.

A variety of educational programs will accompany the exhibition, including family and school workshops focusing on craftsmanship and guilds. Other events during the course of the exhibition will include gallery tours, hands-on art projects, and a self-guided scavenger hunt incorporating many of the Cathedral’s sumptuous artworks. Program and workshop prices vary, with special events available for adults and children of all ages. 

Entry to the Cathedral and the exhibition is free with a suggested contribution of $10. For more information about the exhibition, please visit the Cathedral’s event page.

Venue: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street) Map