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THE BRUSSELS TRISTAN TAPESTRIES: MYTH REGENERATED IN WOOL, SILK & PRECIOUS THREADS. Jacqueline Thibault Schaefer. Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, 2015. Studies in Western Tapestry, 6. 148 pp. with 51 ills. (45 col.). 31 x 26 cm. ISBN 9782503549828 In English (preface in French only).
Publisher's description: Today, a modest number of Tristanian artifacts may still be admired in museums and castles. Digital access to art collections continues to enrich the list with surprises, such as the exquisitely carved fourteenth century 'Tristan' bench of the Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia. Some embroidered work and painted wall decor also have survived. However, what there might have been of woven wall hangings on the subject has all but disappeared, with the exception of a modern single-panel Aubusson and the set of seven hangings which constitutes the subject of this book. The Brussels Tristan Tapestries have never before been studied as a series. The purpose of this monograph is to bring to light a rarely seen work of art and to apprise specialists of iconography, literature and myth of its relevance and uniqueness. The chapters deal with the detailed analysis of the set and its meaning as a whole, the reconstitution of the history of its ownership, the place of this particular version in the verbal and figurative traditions to which it refers and the role of this 'tenture' in the corpus of the Tristan myth.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Belgium — Several Periods — Textile/Fiber Arts
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 157545
Hardcover $163.00    

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