Battles in the Bedroom
June 15, 2013 through December 1, 2013
Gallery 344


During the 15th century, the bedroom was the most private and symbolic room in patrician homes, the locus of conception, birth, sickness, and death. It was a place for tapestries, alter pieces, and chests laden with treasures and familial symbolism. The chests had painted scenes of battle as reminders of hard-won power or triumphant moral virtue. This exhibition features period paintings, works on paper, ceramics, and a matrimonial chest to explore the public face of this intimate chamber.