Tapestry – the ultimate wall decoration

Wednesday 3 February 2016

Dr Susan Kay-Williams

susankaywilliamsChief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace, Dr Kay-Williams is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has a longstanding interest in textiles, especially colour, and published her first book The Story of Colour in Textiles in 2013.

This lecture will introduce some of the most important sets of tapestries in Europe including the Lady and the Unicorn, those commissioned by the Dukes of Burgundy in the 15th century, Rafael’s designs for Pope Leo X, Henry VIII’s Abraham tapestries, Louis XIV’s 17th century series around the Seasons and the Months made at the Gobelins factory and on to the 21st century set commissioned by the Queen of Denmark. We will explore the designs and the craft of tapestry and why it has been the most expensive form of artistic expression until recent times.


Caption: One of the tapestries in the series The Hunt of the Unicorn: The Unicorn is Found, circa 1495-1505, the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City


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