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Spanish tapestries in Brussels

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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.