1 June - 26 September 2010. Regarded as one of the greatest weavers of the Flemish Renaissance, Willem de Pannemaker was known to have been most active between 1535 and 1581.
Born into Belgium's leading family of tapestry weavers, de Pannemaker worked for the principal European courts of the 16th century, including Charles I of Spain. His greatest legacy is the 'Mercury series' of eight tapestries illustrating Ovid's classic tale.
Over the centuries the works became dispersed between Europe and America but, amazingly, all eight original tapestries have been reunited and constitute the highlight of this exhibition.
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Willem de Pannemaker: The Mercury Series
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