2009 Conservation Grant: Renaissance Tapestry

May 2009: Off the Wall

detail from 16th-century Flemish tapestryTrellised Garden with Animals, considered the most important Renaissance tapestry in the collection, has been off view awaiting conservation treatment since 1993. Now, thanks to a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, it’s off to the Textile Conservation Laboratory at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine for cleaning, conservation, relining and remounting. The painstaking process is scheduled to be completed—and the work back on the wall—in 2011. More about this grant

Trellised Garden with Animals was a 1931 gift of Mrs. Granger A. (Elizabeth Watson) Hollister, an original member of the Gallery’s Board of Managers and sister-in-law of MAG founder Emily Sibley Watson. Finely woven of wool and silk in the Flemish workshop of Wilhelm de Pannemaker, the colorful, 12 x 15′ work shows a colonnaded garden with lush foliage and wildlife including lions (detail above), birds and fish.