Ce fragment très finement tissé et représentant de façon particulièrement réaliste et sensible les visages, témoigne d’une grande habilité technique. Plusieurs fragments de scènes figuratives ont survécu, la plupart considérés comme provenant de plus grandes tapisseries, conservés dans des collections privées mais aussi et surtout dans les collections des musées d’Europe et d'Amérique du Nord. Pour des exemples de compositions avec des groupes de personnages multiples, voir les fragments de tapisserie flamande, « Le Triomphe des vertus » et « La Rédemption de l’Homme », probablement dessinés vers 1500 et tissés à Bruxelles vers 1515, voir Anna Bennett, Five Centuries of Tapestry, The Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, 1992, cat. n° 10 et 11, pp. 50-53, et pp. 54-77.
In the 16th century workshops, generally after the first weaving, the cartoon became the property of the master weaver and was kept in the ateliers. It was therefore his prerogative to use it for further weavings, and it was not uncommon for figures, groups of figures and combinations to reappear in other weavings. In addition they could be used with other figures to represent new subjects. With the depiction of contemporary clothing and settings of the time, and the absence of narrative and inscriptions, the subject’s interpretation is not always so clear, as they could be Biblical, classical, mythological, allegorical or historical subjects.
The present fragment is very finely woven with particularly realistic and sensitive depiction of the faces, executed with great technical skill. There are various surviving individual fragments of figural scenes, most considered to be from larger tapestries, found in private collections and especially in museum collections in Europe and North America. For examples of both smaller fragments and discussion of the influential larger multiple narrative tapestry series, representing the ‘Triumph of the Virtues’ and ‘Redemption of Man’, with their multiple figural groups, and which are considered to be Flemish, possible Brussels, designed circa 1500 and woven circa 1515, see Anna Bennett, Five Centuries of Tapestry, The Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, 1992, Cat. no. 10 & no. 11, pp.50-53, and pp.54-77.
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