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  • Tapestry: The Music

    Technique:
    tapestry
    Dimensions:
    377x456 cm

Tapestry: The Music

Flanders, Second half of the 17th century

This tapestry is one of The Seven Arts series, the cartoons for which were produced and then engraved by the Antwerp artist Cornelis Schut (1597-1655). The series was very popular and repeatedly produced in Bruges workshops - as we know from surviving tapestries bearing the mark of this city - with three different versions of the borders. The borders on the five tapestries from the series in the Hermitage have male and female figures in complicated poses, and children with cornucopias, which are unlike the borders on true products of Bruges. In the centre of the upper border is a cartouche with the inscription: Artes Deprifit bellum agvibus sustinatus ("War oppresses the arts which support it"), also designed by Cornelis Schut. Brussels archives record that in 1661 Jan Leyniers (1628-1687) was accorded the right to produce this series, and it is possible that the Hermitage tapestries should be seen as his work. This allows us to date the tapestries to the second half of the 17th century. Another argument in favour of a Brussels origin is the difference in colour to works by Bruges masters, the latter tending to be characterized by a daring combination of bright lilacs, violets and purples not found in Brussels products.

Title:

Tapestry: The Music

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Technique:

tapestry

Dimensions:

377x456 cm

Acquisition date:

Originally in the A.L. Stieglitz Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts

Inventory Number:

Т-2947

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