16th or 17th Century Flemish Tapestry | Antique & Art Exchange

16th or 17th Century Flemish Tapestry

This week we feature a rare complete tapestry dating to the 16th or 17th century, which depicts Ceasar’s triumphant return to Rome in AD 47. It is interesting to note the double headed eagles in the borders. This heraldic symbol is associated with the Hapsburg dynasty and was evidently meant to indicate that they shared an ancestry with Caesar. This parade celebrated his victories in the Nile, Gaul, Northern Africa and Punthrace. This work is possibly from a series of tapestries, commissioned by the Hapsburg family, woven to depict the history of Rome by the Pannemaeker family from Bruge in the middle of the 16th century. This sort of tapestry was typically 10 or 12 feet tall and 18 feet long. Time, fashion, and moths have seen these large pictures reduced to manageable (smaller) fragments. It is not unusual to see such remnants used as expensive pillows, upholstery and smaller framed pictures. This particular piece comes to us from a leading international decorator’s personal collection. It has been beautifully preserved and backed with canvas. As an interesting side note, Roman aristocrats feared Caesar’s and his returning army. Ultimately Caesar prevailed. It seems to us that the Hapsburgs did not do so bad either. Much of Europe was directly or indirectly controlled by this family. [Click here for detail shots]

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