Textile art at The de Young Museum

Category: Exhibitions

The de Young museum in San Francisco has announced a special new exhibition ‘From the Exotic to the Mystical’ from 4 May – 4 August 2013.

This exhibition is drawn from the Museums’ extensive collection of textile arts and the selection represents 15 centuries of textile arts. Among the art works are finely detailed English embroideries, Spanish laces, tapestries, and a set of French ecclesiastical vestments from the reign of Louis XIV.

The Audience of the Emperor, 1722–1723. France, Beauvais.Wool, Designed by Guy Louis Vernansal (French, 1648-1729), Jean Baptiste Belin de Fontenay (French, 1653-1715), and possibly Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (French 1634-1699). France, Beauvais, Phillipe Behagle Atelier silk; tapestry weave. 317.5 x 502.9 cm (125 x 198 in.) Roscoe and Margaret Oakes Collection. 59.49.1

A common thread of allegorical imagery runs through the exhibition, which is organized into four thematic sections: exoticism, mythology, Christian symbolism, and the fantasized animal world. The works on view range from ceremonial articles to domestic finery, reflecting how deeply their complex ideas penetrated daily life.

Location and more information: The de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118.

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