Anna Weaves Reformation: A Tapestry and Its Histories

The Museum of European Cultures, Berlin
From 14 July 2017 to 28 January 2018

Tapestry on 150th anniversary of Reformation by Anna Bump, 1667, Dithmarschen © Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Ute Franz‑Scarciglia
The exhibition shows the tapestry, created in 1667 in the north German region of Dithmarschen on the 150th anniversary of the Reformation, and allows the viewer to visually enter the everyday world of its donor, Anna Bump. The woven images also reveal the theological world‑view of the time. The technique reflects Flemish and northern Dutch influences, as many religious refugees from these regions found a new home in northern Germany. Contemporary works from the period such as valuable objects from church inventories of the region, other textiles, and a variety of everyday objects complete the presentation and provide an emotional link to the rural world of Dithmarschen in the second half of the 17th century.
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