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Woven Tales. Tapestries and Embroideries from the Gothic Period to the Renaissance
MOSHE TABIBNIA GALLERY

Gallery Moshe Tabibnia presents an outstanding exhibition showcasing, for the first time for Milanese and international audiences, some of the rarest and oldest tapestries and embroideries produced between the 15th and the 18th century in the most prominent textile centres in Germany, France, Belgium, and Italy.

This journey into the history of textile art, spanning over three centuries, was inspired by the recent release of the book Textile Art Masterpieces : Tapestries and Embroideries in the Zaleski Collection, edited by Moshe Tabibnia and Elisabetta Mero, with essays by Nello Forti Grazzini, Chiara Buss, and Gian Luca Bovenzi.

Nearly forty textile artefacts from the Zaleski Collection will be juxtaposed with pieces from the Collection of Gallery Moshe Tabibnia from the same historical period, i n the rooms in via Brera. This captivating exhibition will take the visitor down a path to a world of sovereigns and courts, and to a time when textile art played a major role in the aesthetics of ceremony, as well as in daily life.

The newly published volume and the related exhibition offer a unique chance to discover some of the most sought-after types of European textiles, some examples of which are preserved in great international museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée de Cluny in Paris, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Burrell Collection in Glasgow.

From 7 May to 11 July 2015, Gallery Moshe Tabibnia presents Woven Tales : Tapestries and Embroideries from the Gothic Period to the Renaissance.

This far-reaching exhibition casts a light on the findings of extensive research and study carried out on some of the earliest examples of European tapestries and embroideries, which can be regarded as masterpieces of textile art, for the high standard of their designs and outstanding quality in execution.

Gallery Moshe Tabibnia is located in the heart of Milan, within walking distance from the Pinacoteca di Brera and Palazzo Reale, which is hosting two concurrent exhibitions, ‘Il Principe dei sogni – Giuseppe negli arazzi medicei di Pontormo e Bronzino’ and ‘Arte Lombarda dai Visconti agli Sforza’, over the same time frame as ‘Woven Tales: Tapestries and Embroideries from the Gothic Period to the Renaissance’.

 

The exhibition at Gallery Moshe Tabibnia is structured thematically, chronologically, and geographically, unfolding into six sections. The first five sections, offer insights into the thematic areas explored within the volume dedicated to the Zaleski Collection,  showcasing 15th-century Gothic tapestries from Switzerland and Germany; Franco-Flemish tapestries woven between the 15th and the 17th centuries; Millefleurs, Verdure and Feuille de Choux tapestries; narrative and allegorical tapestries dating between the 16th and the 17th centuries; and sacred and profane embroideries executed between the 16th and the 19th centuries. The last section pays homage to the theme of the Expo 2015, and features textile artifacts which, by way of their subjects and/or original functions, connect to the theme of nourishment in history and culture, and to the use of food as a sacred symbol.

 

PUBLICATIONS
Racconti Tessuti. Arazzi e Ricami dal Gotico al Rinascimento
Edited by Moshe Tabibnia and Elisabetta Mero
Moshe Tabibnia
56 pages; colour illustrations
20,00 €
Textile Art Masterpieces : Tapestries and Embroideries in the Zaleski Collection
Edited by Moshe Tabibnia and Elisabetta Mero. English text editor Melanie Zefferino
Moshe Tabibnia
516 pages; 30x25 cm; over 200 colour illustrations
185,00 €
CONFERENCES
Embroideries for the sacred: Needle painting in liturgical paraments between the 15th and 19th centuries
EVENT
Wednesday, 24 June, 2015, 06:00 p.m.
Gallery Moshe Tabibnia, Milan
Lecturer: Gianluca Bovenzi, Embroideries Historian.
The lecture will be held in Italian.
Basel and Strasbourg: Medieval tapestry making centres
EVENT
Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 06:00 p.m.
Gallery Moshe Tabibnia, Milan
Lecturer: Monica Stucky-Schürer, Art textile historian.
The lecture will be held in Italian
Sir William Burrell and his tapestry collection
EVENT
Wednesday, 10 June, 2015, 06:00 p.m.
Gallery Moshe Tabibnia, Milan
Lecturer: Patricia Collins, Curator of Medieval & Renaissance Art at Glasgow Life (Museums), The Burrell Collection.
The lecture will be held in English.
Renaissance tapestries in France
EVENT
Wednesday, 3 June, 2015, 06:00 p.m.
Gallery Moshe Tabibnia, Milan
Lecturer: Pascal François Bertrand, Professor of History of Art at the University of  Bordeaux-Montaigne, France.
The conference will be held in English.
Embroidery in between interior decoration and political pamphlet
EVENT
Wednesday, 27 May, 2015, 06:00 p.m.
Gallery Moshe Tabibnia, Milan
Lecturer: Chiara Buss, Art Textile Historian, CIETA, Lyon, France.
The lecture will be held in Italian.
Flanders and Italy : Flemish tapestries by Italian artists for Italian patrons in the Renaissance
EVENT
Wednesday, 20 May, 2015, 06:00 p.m.
Gallery Moshe Tabibnia, Milan
Lecturer: Guy Delmarcel, Professor Emeritus of History of Art at the University of Leuven, Belgium.
The lecture will be held in English.
Tapestries in the Zaleski Collection: a selection of some exemplary pieces
EVENT
Wednesday, 13 May, 2015, 06:00 p.m.
Gallery Moshe Tabibnia, Milan
Lecturer: Nello Forti Grazzini, Antique Tapestries Historian 
The lecture will be held in Italian.
Presentation of the book "Textile Art Masterpieces: Tapestries and Embroideries in the Zaleski Collection"
EVENT
Wednesday, 6 May, 2015, 06:00 p.m.
Gallery Moshe Tabibnia, Milan
Lecturers: Nello Forti Grazzini, Chiara Buss, and Gian Luca Bovenzi.
Chair: Mauro Natale, Professor Emeritus of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
from 07/05/2015 to 11/07/2015
Moshe Tabibnia Gallery
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