This publication presents a descriptive catalogue of the Flemish tapestries collected by the Habsburg rulers of the Low Countries, that examines their historical and cultural context.
The Flemish tapestries collected by the Habsburg rulers of the
Low Countries are among the most beautiful art works of the
Renaissance period. This book places these important tapestries in
their historical and cultural context. Part I of the book examines
the relationship between the Habsburgs and the tapestry industry in
the Low Countries, the roles of the artists who designed the
tapestries, the weavers who made them, and of the tapissiers, the
court officials who looked after the royal tapestry collections.
This is followed by four chapters which document and survey the
collections formed by the Habsburg rulers of the Low countries:
Margaret of Austria, the Emperor Charles V, Mary of Hungary and
Philip II of Spain. Part II of the book is a detailed catalogue of
thirteen of the most important surviving Habsburg sets. These
include such important tapestries as the Honours, the Hunts of
Maximilian, the Armorials of Charles V, the Seven Deadly Sins, the
History of Vertumnus and Pomona and the Apocalypse. Every tapestry
of each set is given detailed analysis and all are reproduced in
full colour in over 100 colour plates. An extensive Appendix gives
many of the original documents concerning the tapestries as well as
the most important surviving Habsburg tapestry inventories from the
The author is a specialist in Northern Renaissance art who has
published widely on the patronage and collecting of renaissance
painting and tapestries.