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The Three Fates; The Triumph of Death, tapestry, unknown maker, early 16th century. Museum no. 65&A-1866. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Tapestry is an ancient technique of weaving. The pattern is woven in blocks of coloured weft thread which are then beaten down very tightly on the warp threads, producing a picture or pattern. The V&A's collection includes four 15th-century examples, known as The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries, and Raphael's cartoons of tapestries for the Sistine Chapel.

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Raphael: Cartoons and Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel

Raphael: Cartoons and Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel

In September 2010, the V&A will show four of the ten tapestries Raphael designed for the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. These remarkable works are co…

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International Training Course

The Victoria and Albert Museum welcomes applications for ‘Creating Innovative Learning Programmes’, its new one week intensive course. This is a unique training opportunity for museum professionals from overseas who are interested in attracting and programming for a range of museum audiences.

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Event - Philip Webb and ‘The Forest’

Sat 07 November 2015–Sun 01 May 2016

DISPLAY: William Morris and Philip Webb were lifelong friends and together they founded Morris & Co., specialising in textiles and other furnishings. Morris believed that tapestry was one of the greatest forms of art, although it was the very last technique he attempted to master.

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