The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

Art historians and tapestry scholars present new insights about the French royal collection of tapestries assembled during the 72-year reign (1643-1715) of Louis XIV. Topics range from the strategic acquisition of revered antique sets, to the iconographic power of new commissions, to the reception and dissemination of Gobelins weavings among private patrons.

Alluding to the Sun King's use of tapestries as signifiers of status, taste, and erudition, the title of this symposium draws upon the mythological figures of Apollo, ancient Greek god of sunlight, music, and poetry, and the maiden Arachne, who was metamorphosed into a spider by the goddess Athena to become nature's perpetual weaver.

Complements the exhibition, Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV.

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