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Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de' Medici's Valois Tapestries
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Elizabeth Cleland Marjorie E. Wieseman
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Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de' Medici's Valois Tapestries

Elizabeth Cleland Marjorie E. Wieseman Francesca de Luca Alessandra Griffo


Yale University Press

Conservation, restoration & care of artworks;
Renaissance art;
Exhibition catalogues & specific collections;
Textile design & theory


96 pages

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Featuring detailed scenes of court pageantry and life-size portraits of members of the French Valois dynasty woven in wool, silk, and precious metal-wrapped threads, the Valois Tapestries are one of the most extravagant sets of hangings produced in the 16th century. The precise circumstances surrounding the tapestries' commission and their arrival at the Medici court in Florence, as well as the significance of the specific scenes depicted, however, have eluded scholars for years. Presenting new research into the political maneuvering of the Valois and Medici courts and providing extensive physical analysis gathered during a recent cleaning of the tapestries, this volume offers brand new insight into why these magnificent works were made and what they represent.

By:   Elizabeth Cleland, Marjorie E. Wieseman
Contributions by:   Francesca de Luca, Alessandra Griffo, Costanza Perrone Da Zara
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 273mm,  Width: 302mm, 
Weight:   1.107kg
ISBN:   9780300237061
ISBN 10:   0300237065
Pages:   96
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Elizabeth Cleland is associate curator of European sculpture and decorative arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Marjorie E. Wieseman is Paul J. and Edith Ingalls Vignos Jr. Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture, 1500-1800 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Francesca de Luca is coordinator of the Valois Tapestries conservation project at the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence. Alessandra Griffo is curator of 18th-century painting and sculpture at the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence. Costanza Perrone Da Zara and Claudia Beyer are conservators at Restauro Tessile de Beyer e Perrone Da Zara, Florence.

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