Gideon tapestries, Hardwick Hall, Tapestry

Gideon through time

Have you ever wondered what our tapestries would have looked like with their original unfaded colours?

Take a look at this brilliant digital representation of one of the 16th century Gideon tapestries from Hardwick Hall. See it fade from it’s original colours through to what we see now – 450 years later.

There are 13 of these tapestries, 10 have been conserved with the 11th currently in the studio and fundraising for the remaining two ongoing to preserve them for the next 100 years.

Thanks to our colleagues at Hardwick Hall and Rusty Monkey Ltd for this video and to Chris Tims who took the original photos.


Video and digital colour restoration by Rusty Monkey Ltd



8 thoughts on “Gideon through time”

  1. This color reconstruction is fantastic! How can I look at the film at a larger size and would there be a way for me to play this at full size for my Northern Renaissance class?

  2. Reblogged this on View from my attic and commented:
    Just wanted to share with you this amazing video re-colouring one of our Gideon tapestries. It gives us a glimpse into the past, showing what the tapestry would have looked like when Bess hung it on the Long Gallery walls all those many years ago, fascinating!

  3. This is the best interpretation of an original I’ve seen – fantastic! and congratulations to all concerned. Reblogged on

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