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Hidden treasures of the collection

The fourth presentation

Since last November the Oskar Reinhart Collection ‘Am Römerholz' has shown works of art from its collection, which despite their indisputable quality have not been on public display for a considerable time. The reasons for their absence are partly in order to ensure their conservation, and partly the result of the limited space available. Now these otherwise hidden gems can be discovered at leisure in a special individual presentation. Accompanied by additional events such as talks and special guided tours, the works of art can be examined from all perspectives and discussed. Representatives from a wide range of professions will be invited so that the discussion can extend far beyond the usual art historical field. 

Our fourth presentation is focusing on a work of textile art - a tapestry from one of the city of Tournai's leading workshops, A wild woman and a wild man holding a coat of arms, which dates back to the last quarter of the 15th century. Even today, it has not been possible to assign this richly decorated coat of arms to a specific family, however there are many indications that its original owner was a knight. That said, here the coat of arms is held not by the usual heraldic beasts such as lions and griffins but by a wild couple. Barefoot and swathed in furs from head to foot, these mythical natural creatures stand for a liberated and aggressive existence, driven by instincts and far removed from the conventions of society. They represent not only the intimidating, untamed wildness of nature but also that feeling of longing engendered by a world governed by the rules and regulations of society. This tapestry fragment was once part of a larger ensemble and was probably created to mark the occasion of a marriage, particularly since other pieces bear the woman's combined coat of arms. In contrast with the wild couple, a real married couple is also portrayed in their coat of arms.

 Exhibition duration: August 31 - November 12, 2017

Tournai (?), Wild Woman and Wild Man bearing a Coat of Arms, last quarter 15th century, Tapestry weave, fragment, 117 x 112,5 cm, The Oskar Reinhart Collection ʼAm Römerholzʻ, Winterthur
Tournai (?), Wild Woman and Wild Man bearing a Coat of Arms, last quarter 15th century, Tapestry weave, fragment, 117 x 112,5 cm, The Oskar Reinhart Collection ʼAm Römerholzʻ, Winterthur

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