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Golden and silk drapery. Fabrics for the European Renaissance courts

A journey that illustrates the evolution of luxury textile production between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, with over 120 specimens - many of which never shown before to the public and specially restored for the occasion by the Restoration Laboratory inside the La Tela di Penelope museum.

The exhibition path between the fabrics is accompanied by the large-scale reproduction of 6 great figures from the Italian Renaissance court life of the period, including Bianca Maria Sforza, Elisabetta Gonzaga, Sigismondo Malatesta, Cosimo Primo de 'Medici.

The selected images illustrate - through the portraits made by extraordinary painters such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Piero della Francesca, Raphael, Tiziano, Alessandro Allori - the sartorial styles in vogue then and offer timely feedback to the fabrics on display, giving immediate evidence of the use that those precious and expensive fabrics were made at court.


  • Address: Via Puccetti, 3

  • Municipality: Prato (PO)

  • Place: Museo del Tessuto

  • When: May 25, 2018 - June 9, 2019

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  • Full price: 7 euros
    cut price 5 euros

  • On weekdays opening time: Tuesday to Thursday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Sunday 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
    Closed on Monday