Common Threads: Textiles at the Frontiers of Faith

A Virtual Scholars’ Event for the Exhibition at The Met Cloisters Spain, 1000–1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith

Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the International Center of Medieval Art.

Online, 10 November 2021, 1300 – 1430 ET (11 November 2021, 0500 – 0630 AEDT)

The sumptuous patterned silk textiles produced in the multifaith medieval Iberian Peninsula, objects of great value as well as desire, played a paramount role in facilitating interactions among elite consumers, no matter their beliefs. Rare and precious surviving medieval Iberian fiber arts evoke for modern audiences a variety of social, political, and economic relationships, yet there is still much to be discovered from the fragments that remain. This virtual scholars’ event, convened in conjunction with the exhibition Spain, 1000–1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith, takes a close (occasionally microscopic!) look at some of the most important silks surviving from the eleventh through thirteenth centuries.

  • Introduction: Textiles at the Frontiers of FaithJulia Perratore, Assistant Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Textile Turn in Medieval Iberian StudiesMaría Judith Feliciano, Independent Scholar, New York
  • Distinctive Technical Features of Iberian Textiles—The Met CollectionJanina Poskrobko, Conservator in Charge, Department of Textile Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Register HERE. For questions, please email ICMA.