Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de Medici’s Valois Tapestries
November 15, 2018: BLACK TIE BENEFIT TAPESTRIES PREVIEW – COCKTAILS /DINNER, 200 GUESTS
The Uffizi Galleries and the Cleveland Museum of Art are profoundly grateful to the Friends of the Uffizi and their major benefactor, Mrs. Veronica Atkins, for their generous support of the restoration of the Valois Tapestries.
On view for the first time in North America, the recently restored Valois Tapestries, a unique set of 16 th -century hangings were unveiled in the renaissance Splendor exhibition. These fascinating
and enigmatic tapestries were commissioned by Catherine de’ Medici, the indomitable queen mother of France, to celebrate the royal Valois dynasty against a backdrop of great political strife
and social upheaval.
Woven with wool, silk, and precious metal-wrapped threads, the tapestries are rich in both their materials and intricate subject matter. Among the most admired, ambitious, and costly artistic endeavors, the Valois Tapestries embody the pageantry, splendor, and political intrigue of Renaissance Europe.
The Valois Tapestries Weekend of Events also included:
November 14, 2018: COCKTAIL BUFFET DINNER at the home of Madeline Parker
November 15, 2018: LUNCHEON hosted by Howard and Rita Freedman
November 16, 2018: CONCERT CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL, with pianist Emanuel Ax
November 17, 2018: TAPESTRIES TOUR AND HGHLIGHTS TOUR OF THE CLEVELAND ART MUSEUM