ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History / books

  European Tapestries in the Art Institute of Chicago, by Koenraad Brosens, with contributions by Pascal-François Bertrand, Charissa Bremer-David, Elizabeth Cleland, Nello Forti Grazzini, Yvan Maes De Wit, and Christa C.Mayer Thurman, Christa Mayer Thurman general Editor, Noember 2008, 416 pages, 297 illustrations (138 color), Hardcover $ 75.00, ISBN: 978-0-300-11960-2

  Press release:
This important volume presents for the first time 85 of the European tapestreis in the art Institute's significant, yet little known, collection. Among the works included are The Annunciation, a Renaissance masterpiece woven in Mantua and designed by an artist in the circle of Andrea Mantegna; The Story of Caesar and Cleopatra, a series of 14 tapestries now attributed with certainty to Justus van Egmaont; Autumn and Winter, tow pieces based on designs by Charles Le Brun and made at the famed Gobelins; and The Elephant, a tapestry executed at Beauvais after a design by Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer in the style of Jean I Berain.

Bringing together the latest researech on these pieces, this accessible and beautifully illustrated catalogue constitutes a significant contribution to tapestry scholarship. It includes a history of the museum's collection and an essay describing the state-of-the-art conservation treatment that 78 of the tapestries have recently received. Nearly 300 illustrations accompany the entries, each of wihch provides a complete physical description, provenance information; studio, workshop, designer, and weaver names, if known; subject and sources; function; and an identification of related works.

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