Perspectives Behind the Scenes

Conserving the King Arthur Tapestry

Dec 13, 2022 5 MINUTES

Follow the conservation treatment of “King Arthur” from the Nine Heroes Tapestries series, among the oldest in The Met’s collection. The tapestry had not been treated since 1949, when it first came into The Met’s collection. Watch as conservators clean, stabilize, and reweave fragile areas of the work, finally reinstalling it at The Cloisters where it is now on view in gallery 18.

Kathrin Colburn, Kisook Suh, Anna Szalecki, Janina Poskrobko

Featured Artwork:
King Arthur (from the Nine Heroes Tapestries), ca. 1400. South Netherlandish. Wool warp, wool wefts, Overall (King Arthur (2a, f)): 168 × 117 in. (426.7 × 297.2 cm); Overall (Hebrew Worthies (2b, c, and h)): 168 × 250 in. (426.7 × 635 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Munsey Fund, 1932; Gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., 1947 (32.130.3a; 47.101.4)

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