Leon Kossoff Study from ‘Minerva Protects Pax from Mars’ by Rubens (1981) Leon Kossoff Artist Trust, courtesy of Piano Nobile, Robert Travers (Works of Art) Ltd
Leon Kossoff Study from ‘Minerva Protects Pax from Mars’ by Rubens (1981) Leon Kossoff Artist Trust, courtesy of Piano Nobile, Robert Travers (Works of Art) Ltd

Leon Kossoff Inspires New Piece by Edinburgh’s Dovecot Studios

Venue:
Dovecot Studios
10 Infirmary Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LT

Edinburgh’s Dovecot Studios is creating a new tapestry – a re-creation of Minerva protects Pax from Mars by painter Leon Kossoff (1926-2019), itself a re-imagining of a painting by Peter Paul Rubens. Described as a monumental commission, the piece is due to take a year to weave and its inception marks the restart of the Studios after the restrictions imposed by Covid-19. Kossoff is considered one of the most important post-war British painters, known for his expressionist portraits and depictions of urban life, inspired by the Old Masters, and the opportunity to recreate this painting’s bold textures and colours presents the Studios’ weavers a large-scale challenge. Eventually, the tapestry will hang in the Edinburgh Park area on the city’s western perimeter, where it will contribute to the area’s further development.

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