woven in wool, silk and gilt and silvered metal-thread, figuring the Christ in the garden of Gethsemane during his Passion while the apostles are sleeping, within a floral border on a dark blue ground
Haut. 268 cm, larg. 198 cm ; height 8 3/4 ft; width 6 1/2 ft
The photograph is quite accurate. The condition is overall good. There are the usual past restorations, especially in the skies. Lined; the outer red and yellow braid is a later addition. The tapestry has extensive metal-thread detailing: the gold threads (on the clothes of the Christ and of the apostles) are quite tarnished and would benefit from a slight cleaning to reveal their brightness. Very beautiful and precious tapestry, with refined details in the design and the execution. To recommend.
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E. Appleton Standen,
European Post Medieval tapestries and related Hangings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol.1, p.59-63
Tapisseries flamandes pour les ducs de Bourgogne, l'empereur Charles Quint, le roi Philippe Ier, p. 86-89, Fig.49-51
Tapisseries anciennes du musée de l'Hermitage, Prague, 1965