April 23 - September 18, 2016
Above: The Last Judgment Tapestry, Flemish, about 1505
Many long-time visitors to the WAM will remember this magnificent tapestry, which hung for more than fifty years in the Museum's Renaissance Court. Originally woven in Flanders, which today refers to the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium, the tapestry was part of an illustrious set representing the allegorical history of Christianity. There are few complete surviving tapestries depicting The Last Judgment, and the Worcester panel is among the best.
By 1990, the tapestry was soiled and tired looking. It was taken down and put in storage while efforts to raise funds for restoration took place. Now, thanks to the generosity of the Brussels-based King Baudouin Foundation, René and Karin Jonckheere Fund, this masterpiece has been conserved to the highest standards of preservation and can once again be shown in its full splendor.
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A Swedish-Born Carver's Celtic Knots and Norse Monsters - The New York Times
Worcester Art Museum's restored Flemish tapestry from 1505 on exhibit - Telegram & Gazette