The Historical Textiles Room is brought to life with an exhibition that exalts the museum’s rich collection of Renaissance fabrics. Over 120 pieces on display illustrate the evolution of luxury textile production between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Many of the exhibits are on display to the public for the first time and were specifically restored for the occasion by the “La Tela di Penelope” Restoration Laboratory, housed inside the museum.
The voyage among the textiles is accompanied by large-scale reproductions of six famous protagonists of court life during the Italian Renaissance period, including Bianca Maria Sforza, Elisabetta Gonzaga, Sigismondo Malatesta and Cosimo Primo de’ Medici. The portraits created by extraordinary painters such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Piero della Francesca, Raphael, Tiziano and Alessandro Allori illustrate the sartorial styles in vogue at the time and offer accurate references to the textiles on display, revealing immediate evidence of how those precious and expensive fabrics were used at court.