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: Gift of a Brussels Tapestry


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The important tapestry representing Joseph as Ruler over Egypt, which has been exhibited as a loan during the past year and a half in the first Renaissance gallery, has recently been given to the Institute by Mrs. Charles J. Martin as an addition to the Charles Jairus Martin Memorial Collection of Tapestries. The Joseph tapestry was described at length in the Bulletin of February, 1916. It is one of a set illustrating the history of Joseph; and, together with a second, was formerly in the collection of Prince Rospigliosi of Rome, and later belonged to the Charles M. Ffoulke Collection, now largely dispersed. It was woven in Flanders about the second quarter of the XVI century and shows strongly the influence of the Italian Renaissance.The Charles J. Martin Collection of Tapestries is at present one of the Institute's finest and most important possessions. Besides the recently added Joseph tapestry, it contains the Burgundian tapestry, woven about 1450, representing a hunting party with falcons, the late XV-century Flemish tapestry showing two scenes from the Story of Esther, and the XVI-century Florentine tapestry representing Virgil appearing to Dante. These four tapestries represent the highest achievement in this branch of art during the best periods the art has known.
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Source: "Gift of a Brussels Tapestry," <i>The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Bulletin</i> 6, no. 8 (October, 1917): 60.
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Added to Site: March 10, 2009