Really old tapestries

In the latest ArtDaily that found its way to my inbox, there are tapestries! I am always amazed that something this old could still be around after all these years. They were woven in the 1400s, after all. I also must confess, that this is not my favorite kind of art work, although I really admire the skill and talent to create a tapestry of this size and the detailed story they tell. Then, think of how the colors were obtained. A couple of years ago, we were in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where old tapestries completely surround a huge open space. It was so interesting to speculate on how the work was done, and the scenes themselves.

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Probably produced under the direction of Passchier Grenier, tapestry merchant, The Conquest of Tangier, (detail) c. 1471-1475, wool and silk tapestry, overall: 400 x 1082 cm (157 1/2 x 426 in.), Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Pastrana (Guadalajara). ©Fundación Carlos de Amberes. Photographs by Paul M.R. Maeyaert.image

Jan Austin, on her blog Tangled Web, has recently written about seeing the Unicorn Tapestries. Looking at the pictures there, one can hardly help being amazed at the detail. I am especially enamored of the clothing and the designs on the fabric itself. And to think, it’s all tapestry! Wow! Double wow!

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