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

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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 20, 2017 - 12:43 PM The Barberini Tapestries: Missa Cantata & Jephte

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    The Reverend Canon Dr. Patrick Malloy celebrated the Missa Cantata of the Wednesday after Easter (Feria Quarta). The Missal Canon Malloy used was from the Diocesan archive. Canon Malloy discovered the vestments he wore in the Cathedral’s collection. After the service concluded, the Cathedral’s Choir, under the direction of Kent Tritle with organist Raymond Nagem, performed Jephte by Giacomo Carissimi. The piece, written around 1650, tells the story of Jephthah from the Old Testament. The judge promises to sacrifice the next person he sees after leading the Israelites to victory in battle, but the next person he sees is his daughter. The Barberini Tapestries are on display through June 25. Check our calendar to see all upcoming events!

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