- Editor: Thomas P. Campbell
- Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Pages: 604
- Illustrations: 350 (200 in full color)
- Dimensions: 9 7/8'' x 12''
- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 9780300124071
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This lavishly illustrated volume is the first comprehensive survey of seventeenth-century European tapestry. From the Middle Ages until the late eighteenth century, European courts expended vast sums on tapestries, which were made with precious materials after designs by the leading artists of the day. Yet, this spectacular medium is still often presented as a decorative art of lesser importance. This volume challenges this notion, demonstrating that tapestry remained among the most prestigious figurative mediums throughout the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, prized by the rich for its artistry and as a propaganda tool. This book features 45 of the finest surviving examples from collections in more than 15 countries, as well as a number of related designs and oil sketches. Through these, this book examines the stylistic developments of tapestry between 1590 and 1720, when such masters as Peter Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens, Simon Vouet, Charles Le Brun, Pietro da Cortona, and Giovanni Romanelli responded to the challenges and opportunities of the medium in the context of contemporary artistic developments.
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