Europe, The Netherlands, ca. 17th century CE. A beautiful, large Flemish tapestry depicting two maidens dressed in billowing robes bathing an infant (perhaps a holy one) with another maiden overlooking the scene, all framed by dramatic, billowing curtains. The tapestry presents all the vocabulary of the Baroque style with large figures, billowing draperies, dramatic gestures, and deep colors. Note how the jewel tone blue, teal, and russet hues contrast with the creamy beiges and slate greys. The fleshy bodies recall the influences of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) who created tapestry designs for workshops in the early 17th century. A rare and very old example! Size: 74.5" W x 86.75" H (189.2 cm x 220.3 cm)
Interestingly, leading tapestry centers in the South Netherlands were impacted by religious persecution and civil war of the late 16th century. This inspired many skilled weavers to relocate to North Netherlands (ie. Delft and Middelburg), England, France, and Germanic states. However, the South Netherlands recovered in the early 1600s thanks to the undying support of archdukes Albert and Isabella who placed many commissions and created legislation to prevent further emigration of skilled weavers.
Provenance: Ex-private P. Nikitovich collection, Denver, CO acquired in 1980s.
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