A Flemish Renaissance tapestry by Joost Van Herzeele (active circa 1575-1590) Antwerp, fourth quarter 16th century
Depicting a royal procession, probably returning from a hunt, with the weaver's mark of Van Herzeele in the lower right border. height 83 1/2in (212cm); width 119in (302cm)
Provenance: - Purchased circa 1920, most likely in Italy
Examples of Joost van Herzeele's production are rare. Originally based in Brussels, in 1580 he moved to Antwerp with forty workers in order to set up a workshop there. He remained active until circa 1590.
The scene depicted in the present tapestry, although unidentified, is comparable to other hunting and forest scenes in van Herzeele's work. Two examples from circa 1580 and woven with the arms of the Contarini are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, museum numbers 127-1869 and 128-1869. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, possesses three tapestries by van Herzeele, after designs by Nicolas van Orley and Perino del Vaga.
Literature: Guy Delmarcel, Flemish Tapestry from the 15th to the 18th Century, Lannoo Uitgeverij, 1999, p. 177 (biographical information).
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