Military Scenes

Military Scenes

Locale
Brussels, Belgium
Country
Flanders
tapestry
Wool and silk tapestry
Neusteter Textile Collection: Anonymous Gift
1974.275
. Military Scenes. Wool and silk tapestry. Neusteter Textile Collection: Anonymous Gift. 1974.275.
Dimensions
height: 139 in, 353.0600 cm; width: 101 in, 256.5400 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-European
References to war, victory and peace appear in this tapestry. At lower left, a foot soldier, seen next to a mounted warrior, brandishes a sword; in the background, troops gather. At center right, a group of men shown without their helmets and weapons and wearing laurel wreaths, approach figures gathered before a columned building. In the side borders, animals in combat are interspersed among floral bouquets and figural scenes. The large figures in the borders represent, clockwise from upper left, Victory, Fame, War, and Peace. Although the exact subject of the center composition remains unidentified, this tapestry relates stylistically to a set of hangings that depict scenes from the story of the Roman general, Scipio Africanus.
Known Provenance
Gifted December 1974 by an anonymous donor to Denver Art Museum