A grand and cavernous space, the Tapestry Room evokes a great hall in a northern European castle. More dimly lit than other spaces in the Museum and once used as a concert hall, the spotlight now shines on the works around its periphery, including imposing tapestries, furniture, architectural fragments at the doorways and windows, and several large paintings. The most arresting of these is Saint Michael, who stands over a massive fireplace from a French medieval chateau. Ten large Flemish tapestries line the walls, enlivening this space with their rich textures and heroic exploits. Together they depict episodes from the lives of the ancient Persian king Cyrus the Great and the biblical patriarch Abraham.
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