Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry
October 8, 2014–January 11, 2015
This international loan exhibition explores the achievements of the great northern Renaissance master Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502–1550). As the impressive body of his surviving drawings makes clear, Coecke was a master designer, devising projects across media, from tapestry series, to panel paintings, prints, stained glass, and goldsmith's work. The exhibition unites nineteen of the grand tapestries he designed, woven in the great workshops of Brussels for collectors from Emperor Charles V, France's François Ier, and Henry VIII of England, to Cosimo de Medici, juxtaposed with a selection of his panel paintings, including a monumental triptych, and more than thirty drawings and prints. Coecke was also the translator and editor of influential Italian architectural treatises that are included in the exhibition. In the midst of this productivity, Coecke also traveled extensively, and among the exhibits is the fascinating woodcut frieze he designed, over fourteen feet in length, recording his experiences in Constantinople.
Accompanied by an Audio Guide
This exhibition is complemented by the installation Examining Opulence: A Set of Renaissance Tapestry Cushions (August 4, 2014–January 18, 2015).
This lavish publication celebrates Coecke as one of the great artists of the sixteenth century.