Philadelphia Museum of Art: Constantine Tapestries Podcast

Philadelphia Museum of Art 2007 podcast/acoustiguide

  This podcast devotes itself to all things Constantine and the history of who owned the tapestries.  Who did them? Peter Paul Rubens, Pietro di Cortona, and multiple patrons.  The acoustiguide describes scenes and gives historical truths behind them.  However, you will not see them yourself if you download this podcast.

The podcast itself discusses the art motifs and reflections of scenes contemporary to the tapestries’ creations.  While they feature Constantine, it actually worked as a propaganda piece for King Louis the 14th.  And to largely show Christianity’s continuing dominance.  Patrons such as the Barbarini family had their hand over this series.  The podcast also sheds light on the artistic influences on the tapestries.  Further in, they discuss whatever mysteries found in the tapestries that art historians could not put together a decisive answer.  Interesting how the tapestries depicted Roman gods.  Once a dominant faith, now appropriated and now submissive toward the first Christian emperor.

Other podcasts talk about the history of the tapestry themselves beyond the sequential art featured.  Even the borders has its own podcast each symbolizing the relationship between the Contemporary era and the Classical world.  I love how an Egyptian Sphinx has its own place on the borders among the French, Italian, and Roman motifs.  Little historical backgrounds behind tapestries, how artists made them, Constantine, and Constantinople pepper throughout the acoustiguide.  When the narrators explain how they made tapestries, they reveal that tapestries were more expensive and exhausting compared to paintings.  Makes sense.  In the art history learning that I have received over my years, tapestries rarely showed up during my lessons.

It blew my mind when they described how heavy one tapestry weighed.

Longest podcasts go over two minutes.

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