Visiting Truth and Beauty

You can visit them now until September 30, 2018 in the Legion of Honor, San Francisco.

I’m not going to introduce this amazing exhibition from the viewpoint of the numerous old masters and Pre-Raphaelites, but solely as a lover of textiles.

The Pre-Raphaelites themselves also studied textiles:

- historically, as in painting the correct “period costume”, and

- in context of their own time, as in reinvigoriating various arts and crafts:

Wall hangings designed by William Morris (1834 - 1896): Birds (above) and Wandle (below)

"Florence" by John Henry Dearle (1860 - 1932)

Tapestries by Edward Burne-Jones:

Pomona, goddess of fruit

Flora, goddess of flowers

Across from them is this wool-silk tapistry from 1585.

Each room of “Truth and Beauty” juxtaposes historic inspiration with Pre-Raphaelite work.

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