The Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels is exhibiting four restored Flemish tapestries from Spain. The tapestries are 11 metres long and 4 metres high – and relate events in a modern journalistic style.
Says curator Miguel Angel Aguilar: “In those times most tapestries had religious, Biblical or mythological themes but these are reports of contemporary events.”
Technically, the tapestries are extraordinarily complex and accomplished.
Says expert Catherine Greens: “It’s amazing, the number of heads… all perfectly woven…it’s remarkable!”
The tapestries depict a war campaign conducted by the Portuguese King, Alphonse V, along the Moroccan coast.
The tapestries will be on display in Brussels until 14th March.