"Alquimia XIII" Wall Hanging

Olga de Amaral (Colombian, born 1932)
Linen, rice paper, gesso, indigo red and gold leaf
72 × 62 in. (182.9 × 157.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Olga and Jim de Amaral, 1987
Accession Number:
Not on view
Olga de Amaral is one of the leading artists of the post-World War II studio craft movement. Her "woven walls" are deeply personal, suffused with the essence of her native Colombia. She subtly incorporates the landscape, the architecture of old houses with adobe walls and tile roofs, and golden Baroque churches as abstract patterns in the rich surface of her tapestries.
Olga and Jim de Amaral (1984–87; their gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part IV: 1975-2000," June 25, 2001–January 6, 2002, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection," May 30–October 5, 2008, no catalogue.

R. Craig Miller. Modern Design in The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1890–1990. New York, 1990, ill. p. 242 (color).