• 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 wearing an ermine cloak and holding a sceptre is seated on a throne beneath a patterned canopy, surrounded by her retinue. At the foot of the throne a kneeling woman shows her a portrait. Cupid, in the guise of a young page, is drawing his bow, preparing to shoot an arrow at the queen. One of the women holds a pomegranate in her hand, a symbol of fertility, at the bottom is shown a small dog, personifying fidelity. It is likely that the subject of the tapestry has been borrowed from some literary work. The tapestry undoubtedly depicts the moment when the queen is being shown a portrait of her would-be husband. An allusion to matchmaking is evidenced by the symbols customary for that theme. The border is composed of twigs of wild roses, pansies, camomiles, irises and poppies twisted with ribbons and placed 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. Stieglitz)

Inventory Number:

Т-2975

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