Past Exhibitions

Gods, Love, and War: Tapestries and Prints from the Collection

December 19, 2009 – June 13, 2010



The rooms of Renaissance castles in Northern Europe typically were lined with immense and colorful wall hangings often highlighted with threads of silk, silver, or gold.  

The ideas dramatized in these monumental pictures—religious, historical, or mythical—not only glorified their owners, but also reflected and reinforced the artistic, political, and social values of the age. This exhibition, highlighting a selection of tapestries and prints from Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection, explores the historical popularity of these engaging pictures in textile; the patrons, artists, and studios that created a taste for tapestries; and the thematic intersections between tapestry and print imagery, such as masterworks by Albrecht Dürer, Andrea Mantegna, and others. 

Exhibition Credits

Major support for Gods, Love, and War is provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art. Additional support is provided by the John Henry Craner Restoration Fund. General support for museum’s exhibition program is provided by The Heinz Endowments, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Allegheny Regional Asset District. 

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