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Lecture: The Embroidered Altarpiece for Bishop Pedro de Montoya: The Unique Survival of a 15th-Century Luxury Object

March 28, 2017
Morton Auditorium
Free with museum admission

In the 15th century, rich textiles incorporating silver, seed pearls, and other enrichments were more highly valued than painting. A recent restoration of this masterwork has revealed many details about its construction. Join Martha Wolff, Eleanor Wood Prince Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1750, to learn what this extraordinary surviving work tells us about taste and patronage in the late Middle Ages as we celebrate its installation in the Art Institute's new Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor.

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Retable (Depicting Madonna and Child, Nativity, and Adoration of the Magi; Altar Frontal Depicting the Resurrection and Six Apostles), c. 1468. Spain, El Burgo de Osma. Gift of Mrs. Chauncey McCormick and Mrs. Richard Ely Danielson, 1927.1779a-b.