For years, two tapestries of Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens have been hidden from view at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Now, newly restored, they have just been hung in Gallery 1 as part of the Ringling's continuing year-long celebration of 50 years of state ownership.
The works, which were woven from cartoons by Rubens, will be on view through Dec. 28.
In conjunction with the showing of the tapestries, the museum has scheduled special events open to the public:
Thursday, 2-3 p.m.
"Weaving Color: Stories behind the Ringling Tapestries," Francoise Hack, Ringling project assistant.
April 3, 2-3 p.m. _ "Ringling's Indelible Stamp on Florida," Janet Snyder Matthews, author and historian.
April 10, 2-3 p.m. _ "Rubens as Impresario: The Eucharist Tapestries and the Ringling Cartoons," Charles Scribner III, art historian.
April 12, 1-2:30 p.m. _ Family Gallery Day, "Cartoons and Tapestry Techniques."
April 26, 1-2:30 p.m. _ Family Gallery Day, "Tapestry Techniques: Then and Now."
All events take place in the Historic Asolo Theater behind the museum's north wing. Family Gallery Days also take place in Gallery 20. Suggested donation for each event is $4 non-members. The Ringling Museum of Art is at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota (off U.S. 41); (941) 359-5700 (Sarasota).