Exhibition: Friend and Foe – Animals in Medieval Textile Art

Abegg Stiftung - Freund und Feind

Exhibition dates: 24 April – 13 November 2016

Eagles, gazelles, lions or even magnificent peacocks enliven the fabrics with which the elites of society once clothed themselves. These precious textiles are material evidence of aristocratic culture; their depictions of animals play on the privilege of hunting or on the concept of courtly love. Including literary texts, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses to medieval verse romances, the Abegg Stiftung’s special exhibition for 2016 illuminates the meaning of these often magical-looking textile images.

For more information, visit the website of the Abegg Stiftung, Switzerland.