This video chronicles the amazing conservation and restoration of the sixteenth-century tapestry Christ is Born as Man's Redeemer. Also known as the Burgos tapestry, the piece is more than 13 feet high and 25 feet wide, and had been cut into several, uneven pieces sometime over the course of its long history, rendering it impossible to display. Conservators Tina Kane and Alice Blohm describe more than thirty years of painstaking restoration that they, along with other members of the Met's Textile Conservation department staff, performed on this work of art.
Alice Blohm, Department of Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Tina Kane, Department of Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Learn more about the tapestry, which is now on view at The Cloisters after more than thirty years:
Learn more about the world in which the tapestry was created on the Heilbrunn timeline of Art History:
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