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Tapestry in the Baroque

Threads of Splendor

Edited by Thomas P. Campbell; Essays by Pascal-François Bertrand, Charissa Bremer-David, Koenraad Brosens, Thomas P. Campbell, Guy Delmarcel, Isabelle Denis, James G. Harper, Wendy Hefford, and Lucia Meoni

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November 1, 2007
576 pages, 9 7/8 x 12
169 b/w + 175 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300124071

Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Conceived as a sequel to the critically acclaimed Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence (2002), this lavishly illustrated volume is the first comprehensive survey of 17th-century European tapestry available in English. From the Middle Ages until the late 18th 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. Tapestry in the Baroque challenges this notion, demonstrating that tapestry remained among the most prestigious figurative mediums throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries, prized by the rich for its artistry and as a propaganda tool.
The book features forty-five of the finest surviving examples from collections in more than fifteen countries, as well as a number of related designs and oil sketches. Through these it 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.

Thomas P. Campbell is Curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is the author of Henry VIII and the Art of Majesty and Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence (2002).


The Metropolitan Museum of Art (October 16, 2007 – January 6, 2008)

Palacio Real de Madrid (March – June 2008)

"This detailed examination of dazzling seventeenth-century tapestries draws from collections in fifteen countries, and is a companion study to Tapesty in the Renaissance."—Nicholas A. Basbanes (Adult Picks for the Holidays 2007)

"Thomas P. Campbell makes clear . . . just how much tapestry mattered to early modern Europe's most lavish patrons of the arts. . . . The catalog complements the exhibition in more than one respect. In particular, it raises fascinating questions about what tapestries meant in their own time: how buyers and critics—and seventeenth-century France, with it's salon culture, nurtured critics by the pride—looked at them, and what they saw."—Anthony Grafton, New York Review of Books

"Tapestry in the Baroque is a catalog, that, once perused, just might inspire a trip to Spain this spring. . . . This book underscores the importance of the art form in the seventeenth century, with grand spectacles and jaw-dropping details depicted in 344 illustrations."—Fiberarts

"A publication on the role of tapestries as a major Baroque art form has long been overdue. This sumptuous catalog of the groundbreaking exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art traces the fanning out of the European tapestry industry, previously centered in Brussels, to France, Spain, and England in the 17th and 18th centuries. . . . Generously illustrated [and] includes substantial essays. . . . An important topic is here masterfully reconstituted. . . . Essential."—Choice

"In his catalogues, Campbell, assisted by contributions from many of the best scholars in the field, helps us understand how such astonishing works could be so undervalued."—Jed Perl, The Atlantic Monthly

“This is a beautifully produced glossy volume…..a particularly valuable source of information and an inspirational tool which is more than fit to take its place on any serious tapestry researcher’s (or indeed, social, cultural or art historian’s) bookshelf.”—Patricia Collins, The Art Newspaper
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