• March 31, 2021 - 12:53 PM Conserving an Agnus Dei Panel

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  • February 3, 2021 - 5:39 PM Conserving the Trinity School 9/11 American Flag

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  • January 4, 2021 - 3:49 PM The Death of Ananias, and the Plan for The Acts of the Apostles

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  • October 8, 2020 - 10:50 AM Conservation and Restoration

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  • October 7, 2020 - 3:59 PM Conserving Judy Garland's Finale Dress from "Easter Parade" (1948)

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  • February 25, 2020 - 1:58 PM How to Find Raphael’s Sistine Chapel Tapestries in America

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  • December 20, 2019 - 3:10 PM Conservators at Work: Caring for Your Family Textiles Workshop

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  • October 31, 2019 - 1:34 PM The Queen Mother and the Cathedral

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  • September 24, 2019 - 1:13 PM Blessing of the Animals Tapestry

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  • August 27, 2019 - 12:01 PM Memorial Art Gallery Survey

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  • August 21, 2019 - 2:55 PM Frederick Franck's Banner of Humankind

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  • August 15, 2019 - 4:01 PM AIDS Memorial Banner

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  • January 15, 2019 - 12:42 PM Team Spotlight: Textile Conservation Lab

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    Marlene Eidelheit, Director, Textile Conservation Laboratory As director of the Textile Lab since 1992, I’ve seen the Lab evolve and grow in various ways with the types of projects we do and how we may approach them. With our core of conservators and admin remaining steady for over the past 2 decades, we have maintained the mission of caring for the Cathedral’s precious possessions – the Barberini Life of Christ tapestry set made for a Pope and a related set of the Acts of the Apostles originally designed by Raphael for the Sistine chapel. In between we have been fortunate to work on other fantastic textiles—historic and contemporary—from other marvelous collections around the country. What is your favorite project you’ve worked on in the Textile Lab?T...

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  • November 1, 2018 - 1:45 PM Why does the Cathedral have a Textile Conservation Lab?

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    In 1899, two of the twelve panels, the “Resurrection” and “Last Supper,” were brought from storage into the first finished worship space: the Tiffany Chapel in the Cathedral crypt. When construction on the east end of the Cathedral was finished in 1911, the entire set of tapestries was hung in the Cathedral for the first time. From 1916-1941, construction on the Cathedral’s Nave progressed and the tapestries circulated based on available wall space. In the late 1930s, Baroness Wilhelmine von Godin, a seasoned expert on tapestry, spent two years restoring the set before seven panels returned to the apse for the dedication of the nave in 1941. All twelve tapestries were installed in the Crossing in the 1970s, bringing renewed interest and visibility to the tre...

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  • September 27, 2018 - 12:24 PM Happy Anniversary Barberini Tapestries!

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    Over the course of the next several months, we’ll take a look back at the exhibition, the history of the tapestries, and the work the Textile Conservation Lab completed in order to make the exhibition a success. In September 2017, members from the Lab traveled to Oregon with the 10 tapestries that made up the exhibition. There, they worked with co-curator James Harper and the Schnitzer’s installation team to move, unroll, hang, and place tapestries in the gallery. The tapestries were hung “cheek to jowl,” meaning right next to each other, as they would have originally hung in the Barberini family palaces throughout Italy. As an added bonus for those who had seen the tapestries hung at the Cathedral before, the set was hung at eye level instead of high off the grou...

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  • May 12, 2017 - 5:02 PM The Barberini Tapestries: Live Weaving Demonstrations

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    More opportunites to see the weaver: Saturday, May 13, 12:30 - 4 pm Tuesday, May 23, 12:30 - 4 pm Thursday, May 25, 12:30 - 4 pm Saturday, May 27, 12:30 - 4 pm Tuesday, June 6, 10 am - 5 pm Tuesday, June 13, 12:30 - 4 pm Saturday, June 17, 12:30 - 4 pm

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  • April 3, 2017 - 11:21 AM History of Textiles

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    Tapestries as we think of them today are a product of the Middle Ages in Europe. In the centuries just before the industrial revolution, the production of tapestries was one of the most important luxury businesses, employing tens of thousands.Tapestries were beautiful, portable art commissioned to the client's specifications, featuring iconography from the Bible and Greek mythology, as well as depicting the pursuits of the nobility, particularly hunting. They added warmth to the stone of castles, churches and great houses (where they often hung right next to each other around a room, as close as wallpaper panels) and could be used as curtains to cover doorways or provide privacy in bedchambers. Their portability added significantly to their popularity, since royalty and the aristocracy...

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