A 17th Century Flemish Tapestry Titled “Battle in Jerusalem”


Title: “Battle in Jerusalem”


Circa 1670


Origin: Belgium


Depth: 2″
Width: 198″
Height: 120″


Condition: Good, minor wear consistent with age and use


Material: Hand woven in wool & silk with beautiful details throughout


‘Flemish tapestry’ at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries meant primarily Brussels tapestry; the city had become the principal center for tapestry weaving, with a character and technique quite unlike that in other workshops


Novel characteristics too were the search for perfection, recognizable in the earliest works attributed, probably rightly, to Brussels, and a bias towards painting


Today the design of a tapestry is often traced to a famous painting as in the many representations of the Baptism of Christ