Sat September 21, 2019

Textile Arts Council Lecture: Henry VIII and the Art of Majesty: Tapestry at the Tudor Court

at de Young Museum (10:10am – 11:30am)
Majesty: Tapestry at the Tudor Court

Presented by Thomas P. Campbell, Director and Chief Execuitve Officer of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Luxurious, beautiful, and portable, tapestry was the pre-eminent art form of the Tudor court. Henry VIII (1491–1547) amassed an unrivaled collection over the course of his reign. In this lecture, tapestry scholar Thomas P. Campbell, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will weave the history of this magnificent collection into the life of its owner. Now largely dispersed or destroyed, Campbell will reassemble Henry’s extensive inventory and reveal how, through tapestry, Henry identified himself with historic, religious, and mythological figures, putting England in dialogue - and competition - with the leading courts of Early Modern Europe while promoting his own religious and political agendas at home. He will also shed light on Tudor political and artistic culture and the court's response to Renaissance aesthetic ideals, and challenge the predominantly text-driven histories of the period to offer a fresh perspective on the life of Henry VIII.
Majesty: Tapestry at the Tudor Court Presented by Thomas P. Campbell, Director and Chief Execuitve Officer of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Luxurious, beautiful, and portable, tapestry was the pre-eminent art form of the Tudor court. Henry VIII (1491–1547) amassed...
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