Tapestry in the Baroque

New Aspects of Production and Patronage

Edited by Thomas P. Campbell and Elizabeth A. H. Cleland

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The exhibition "Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor," which opened at the Metropolitan Museum in 2007, was the occasion for a symposium at which renowned tapestry scholars presented results of some of their important, highly detailed research. This volume publishes the papers in well-illustrated articles. 

The introductory article tours the exhibition, setting out its organization over the course of the period 1590 through the early 1700s, which saw the scattering of Flemish weavers around Europe during years of religious turmoil and the resulting development of the tapestry industry in such centers as Delft, Helsingør, Munich, London (Mortlake), Paris, and Rome, and then the industry's revival in Brussels. In their articles, the contributors concentrate on specific individuals in tapestry design, production, and collecting. They distill the results of laborious digging through family and crown inventories, parish records, notarial accounts, and other archival resources, as well as close examination of historical reports, to put forward new assessments of the accomplishments of tapestry designers and producers and a better understanding of the reasons wealthy patrons collected and displayed tapestries and presented them as gifts. 

A number of the articles include appendixes with transcriptions of archival material.

Thomas P. Campbell is Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He was formerly Curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Museum. Elizabeth A. H. Cleland is Assistant Curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Contributors to Tapestry in the Baroque: New Aspects of Production and Patronage


Pascal-François Bertrand, Professeur d’Histoire de l’Art Moderne, Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3

Charissa Bremer-David, Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Koenraad Brosens, Professor, afdeling Kunstwetenschap, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Thomas P. Campbell, Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Guy Delmarcel, Professor Emeritus, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Isabelle Denis, Conservateur Régional des Monuments Historiques de Bourgogne

Nello Forti Grazzini, independent scholar, Milan

Margarita García Calvo, independent scholar, Madrid

James G. Harper, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of Oregon

Ebeltje Hartkamp-Jonxis, Curator Emerita, afdeling Beeldende Kunst, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Concha Herrero Carretero, Conservadora de Tapices y Telas Medievales, Area de Conservación, Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid

Hanns Hubach, Hochschulassistent, Kunstgeschichte der Neuzeit, Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universität Zürich

Florian Knothe, Curator of European Glass, Corning Museum of Glass

Ingrid De Meûter, Conservator Collectie Textiel en Wandtapijten/Conservateur des Collections Textiles et Tapisseries, Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis/Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Brussels

Florence Patrizi, independent scholar, Rome

Jean Vittet, Inspecteur de la Création Artistique, Mobilier National, Paris

ISBN: 9780300155143
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
Publishing Partner: Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art
368 pages, 7 3/4 x 10
172 color + 70 b/w illus.
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