Conserving the Battle of the Animals Tapestry

26-107_fullIf a single phrase could describe the Renaissance tapestry Battle of the Animals, it would be “frenetic activity, frozen in time.” Explore this exciting work of art through its construction, production, and conservation. Learn More

Because of its history and context, Battle of the Animals presents an ideal introduction to both Flemish production of tapestries during the Renaissance and the challenges faced by the modern institutions that own these magnificent works of art. Although tapestries are among the most impressive and popular works in museums today, their size, light sensitivity, and ongoing preservation require special attention. Learn More

The Battle of the Animals tapestry was conserved at the Textile Conservation Lab at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Learn More

MAG began the European Tapestry Initiative in 2002 to address the conservation needs of the tapestries in its collection. To date, the initiative has accomplished a detailed condition survey and, with the completed treatment of Battle of the Animals, the conservation of four of the museum’s most important Renaissance tapestries. Learn More

image of weaver from 1568 bookBattle of the Animals tapestry at Conservation LaboratoryCuratorial staff unrolling a tapestry