Tapestries by Rosita Sheen
An introduction to the beautiful history of tapestries and how they were made, from medieval times to the modern day. Tapestries have been an enigmatic form of artwork for hundreds of years, with the intricate symbolism of their woven narratives still fascinating viewers today.
Unicorns and fantastic beasts rub shoulders with well-heeled aristocrats; famous biblical and saintly stories are played out; allegorical figures, gods and goddesses recline in classical landscapes; and the arms and military achievements of wealthy patrons are depicted in sparkling glory. However, far from being an outdated craft, tapestries continue to be woven to this day, both by talented amateurs in their homes and by highly skilled artisans in studios and workshops around the world. In this beautiful illustrated introduction to the history of tapestries, Rosita Sheen reveals the fascinating story of these masterpieces, exploring their conception, manufacture, and symbolism right up to the present day.
- 64 pages
Willem Van de Velde the Elder made the designs for the famous Solebay Tapestry in his studio at the Queen's House Greenwich. One of a series of tapestries, it details a sea battle, known as the Battle of Solebay in May 1672, off the coast of Southwold Bay in Suffolk.
The wall tapestry was commissioned by Charles II to record the battle and celebrate the English Navy. Thanks to a record-breaking response to a 2022 crowdfunding campaign, Royal Museums Greenwich has been able to conserve this remarkable piece and preserve it for future generations.
Willem van de Velde the Elder and his son Willem van de Velde the Younger were the most famous maritime artists of the 17th century and were instrumental to the birth of English seascape painting. Visit our exhibition The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea from 2 March 2023 exploring the life and work of these world-renowned Dutch artists.
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