Woven paintings? Tapestry production and design, 1400 to the present

Date and time

Monday 15 May, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Helen Wyld


Admission free

Great artists from Raphael to Picasso to Chris Ofili have designed tapestries, challenging weavers to translate their ideas into wool and silk.

Helen Wyld, an expert in British and European tapestries, traces tapestry design and production through the ages, exploring the unique challenges of a medium that was once far more prestigious than painting.


Helen Wyld has published widely on English and European tapestry and is currently writing a book on the National Trust's tapestry collection. She has lectured on portraiture at the University of Leeds and in 2013 taught a course on Tapestry in the English Country House at the University of Bern, Switzerland. In September 2013 she began a year-long research fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and joined the National Trust for Scotland in 2014.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Supported by the John Armitage Charitable Trust

Image above: Detail from Domenichino and assistants, Apollo killing the Cyclops, 1616–18