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    The Dani & Anna Ghigo Collection: Part II: Oriental Carpets, European Furniture, Works of Art & Tapestries, Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Works of Art

    12 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 492

    A FLEMISH BIBLICAL TAPESTRY

    BRUSSELS, EARLY 16TH CENTURY

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    A FLEMISH BIBLICAL TAPESTRY
    BRUSSELS, EARLY 16TH CENTURY
    Woven in wools and silks, depicting the 'Triumph of Christ', with Christ depicted in the centre above a cloud surrounded by groups of courtiers elaborately garbed in contemporary dress, within a foliate and fruiting border
    11 ft. 4 ½ in. x 10 ft. 9 in. (346 x 327 cm.)


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    The composition of the tapestry relates it closely to a small group of early Renaissance panels depicting 'The Triumph or The Glorification of Christ'. One magnificent panel, depicting ‘The Glorification’, is at the Musées d’Art et d’Histoire in Brussels, while another is in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and a third, known as ‘Christ the Judge on the Throne of Majesty’ is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (see A.S. Cavallo, Medieval Tapestries in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1993, cats. 27-28, pp. 377-445).
    Brussels was probably the most important centre of the tapestry industry at that time, benefitting from well-established guilds, entrepreneurial and competing merchants, skilled weaving-merchant workshops, powerful and wealthy patrons and a growing market. For centuries tapestries were associated with prestige, power and wealth, and the narrative series with status remained those of Biblical and Classical subjects, representing virtues that rulers should emulate. The visual richness represented by the complex patterns of clothing, so beautifully displayed in this tapestry, as well as the symbolism and allegory were appealing aspects of tapestries. The composition of this tapestry identifies it as transitional in style, retaining a large number of figures arranged in tiers close to the picture plane.

    Literature

    Bildteppiche aus sechs Jahrhunderte (exhib. cat), 1953.


    Exhibited

    Museum für Kunst und Gerwerbe, Hamburg, Bildteppiche aus sechs Jahrhunderten, 21 July - 11 October 1953.