Book Series Studies in Western Tapestry, vol. 1

Flemish Tapestry in European and American Collections

Studies in Honour of Guy Delmarcel

  • Pages: 232 p.
  • Size:245 x 297 mm
  • Illustrations:94 b/w, 28 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2003

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-52174-9
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"Un véritable corpus qui fait honneur à Guy Delmarcel et suscitera sans aucun doute de nouvelles recherches." (L. Smolderen in Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Oudheidkunde en Kunstgeschiedenis, 73, 2004, p.97-98)


Professor Dr Guy Delmarcel was Curator of Textiles at the Brussels Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis (1975-1990) and Professor of History of Art at the Catholic University of Leuven (1981-2002). He passionately devoted his career to the study of Flemish tapestry. His intensive research on the 'Mobile Frescoes of the North' resulted in numerous articles, books, lectures, and exhibitions, thereby unlocking tapestry to both scholars and the general public. Guy Delmarcel has now been given emeritus status. The Department of Archaeology, History of Art and Musicology decided to honour its former chairman by offering him a Festschrift entirely dedicated to his beloved field of research. Fourteen renowned tapestry scholars from all over the world willingly accepted the invitation to celebrate their esteemed colleague. Throughout the centuries Flemish tapestry has eagerly been collected. In the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times the European elite spent fortunes on these lavish works of art. A number of essays compiled in the present volume focus on the patronage and collections of European kings and noblemen. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries European and American museums became important collectors of Flemish tapestry, as is demonstrated by some museological studies presented in Studies in Honour of Guy Delmarcel. This penetration by Flemish tapestry of the public realm has obviously necessitated iconographic and stylistic studies. A number of new analyses are gathered in the Festschrift.


Rotraud Bauer, Zur Ikonographie der Tapisserienserie Die Sechs Weltzeitalter im Kunsthistorischen Museum in Wien
Maria Hennel-Bernasikowa, The Role of the Tapestries of Sigismund II Augustus in Polish Royal Ceremonies
Pascal-François Bertrand, Tapisseries de Flandres et autres tentures parmi les dessins d'archéologie de Roger de Gaignières
Birgitt Borkopp-Restle and André Brutillot, L´Histoire de Saint Paul et ses additions. Une série de tapisseries du Musée national de Bavière
Iain Buchanan, The Tapestries Purchased by King Eric XIV of Sweden at Antwerp in 1560-1561. New Documentation
Thomas P. Campbell, The Story of Abraham tapestries at Hampton Court Palace
Ingrid De Meûter, Le peintre anversois Pieter Spierinckx (1635-1711), créateur de cartons de tapisseries
Nello Forti Grazzini, Renaissance Tapestry and Italian Patronage
Wendy Hefford, Brussels Horsemanship tapestries owned by Charles I and Frederick Prince of Wales
Concha Herrero Carretero,Tapices flamencos en la colección de la Corona de España; Lucia Meoni, Gli arazzi fiamminghi nella collezione de'Medici
Hillie Smit, New Data on the History of a Set of Scenes of Country Life "after Teniers" in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Christa C. Mayer Thurman and Koenraad Brosens, Flemish Tapestries in the Collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.