• Tapestry: the Demonstration of a Suitor's Portrait

    Technique:
    tapestry weaving
    Dimensions:
    270x327 cm

Tapestry: the Demonstration of a Suitor's Portrait

Flanders, early 16th century

A queen in an ermine mantle sits holding a sceptre on a throne beneath a patterned canopy surrounded by her retinue. A woman kneeling at the foot of the throne is showing her a portrait. Cupid, in the guise of a young page, is drawing his bow, preparing to shoot an arrow at the queen. Another of the women is holding a deep red apple, a symbol of fertility, while the dog down below represents fidelity. This subject may have been taken from some work of literature. The tapestry undoubtedly depicts the moment when the queen is being shown a likeness of her would-be husband. The fact that this is an episode of matchmaking is confirmed by the inclusion of symbols customary for that theme. The border consists of intertwining shoots of wild rose, pansies, camomile, iris and poppies on a blue ground.

Title:

Tapestry: the Demonstration of a Suitor's Portrait

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Material:

Technique:

tapestry weaving

Dimensions:

270x327 cm

Acquisition date:

Originally in the the former Museum of the Decorative and Applied Arts (the Central School of Technical Drawing of Baron A. L. Shtieglitz)

Inventory Number:

Т-2975

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