The Invention of Glory, Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries

The Invention of Glory, Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries

Exhibition of the four late-fifteenth-century Flemish tapestries known as The Pastrana Tapestries from the Collegiate Church of Pastrana in Guadalajara, Spain.

On view will be a set of four 15th-century tapestries from the Collegiate Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción in Pastrana, Spain, commemorating the conquest of North Africa by Afonso V (1432-81), King of Portugal.

Prized for their technical execution, sumptuous materials, and monumental scale (reaching 36 feet in length and 13 feet in height), they are above all rare in terms of subject matter, some of the few extant examples that depict contemporaneous events rather than biblical or mythological subjects.

The Meadows Museum exhibition includes supplementary material not seen at other venues, such as related documents and maps from the university’s DeGolyer Library, period paintings from the museum’s collection of Spanish art, and additional information on the conservation.

The Meadows Museum is one of the leading art institutions of the Southwest. Established in 1965 by oilman Algur H. Meadows, it is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in central Dallas. Its permanent collection of Spanish art, one of the largest and most comprehensive outside of Spain, contains works from the 10th through the 21st centuries by such masters as Velázquez, Goya, Miró and Picasso. Its holdings also include a significant collection of 20th century sculpture, much of it on display in its outdoor plaza, as well as the University Art Collection, which features works by a number of noted Texas artists. In accordance with its mission to advance knowledge and understanding of art, the Meadows Museum collaborates with institutions and collectors around the world to serve itsbroad audience by mounting exhibitions of works of the greatest aesthetic and historical importance, as well as offering a range of educational programs.

  • Heritage
  • Dallas
  • Feb 5, 2011May 13, 2012


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The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Fundación Carlos de Amberes, Madrid, in association with the Embassy of Spain, the Spain-USA Foundation, and the Embassy of Portugal and with the cooperation of the Embassy of Belgium and the Embassy of Morocco in Washington, D.C. Generous financial support from The Meadows Foundation has helped to make the Dallas venue possible.

The conservation of the tapestries was undertaken at the initiative of the Fundación Carlos de Amberes, with support from the Belgian Inbev-Baillet Latour Fund, the Spanish Fundación Caja Madrid, the Region of Castilla-La Mancha, the Provincial Council of Guadalajara, and the Diocese of Sigüenza-Guadalajara / Church of Our Lady of the Assumption.