Description - Raphael's Tapestries by Lorraine Karafel
Around 1515, Raphael (1483-1520) designed a set of tapestries for Leo X, the first Medici pope. Each was sumptuously woven in gold, silver, and silk, and depicted scenes from classical mythology with inventive grotesques. Now lost, these spectacular, grand-scale textiles are reconstructed in Raphael's Tapestries and set among a series of unprecedented decorative projects that Pope Leo commissioned from the artist. Likely produced by the Brussels weaver Pieter van Aelst, the tapestries pioneered a new all'antica style analogous with contemporary painted and sculpted interior programs. Tapestries played a central role at Leo's court, as spectacle and as propaganda, and the Grotesques of Leo X would inform tapestry design for the next three centuries. Their beauty and complexity rivaled those of contemporary painting, and their luxurious materials made them highly prized. With this new study, the Grotesques take their rightful place as Renaissance masterworks and as documents of the fervent humanist culture of early 16th-century Rome.
Buy Raphael's Tapestries by Lorraine Karafel from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
(296mm x 254mm x 20mm)
Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication:
Book Reviews - Raphael's Tapestries by Lorraine Karafel
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Raphael's Tapestries book by Lorraine Karafel and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)
Author Biography - Lorraine Karafel
Lorraine Karafel is assistant professor of art and design history at Parsons School of Design.
A Preview for this title is currently not available.