Renaissance Aubusson Tapestry of Apollo
This Renaissance Tapestry of Apollo is one of the six Renaissance Tapestries of Triumph of Apollo series designed by Barend Van Orley in the Renaissance Period inspired by the Flemish Northern Renaissance style paintings.
Handmade Aubusson Flat Weave Tapestry. Hand Woven over period of 2 months using 100% Hand Spun and Hand Dyed New Zealand Wool.
A centuries-old tradition, the craft of Aubusson tapestry consists of weaving an image using processes practised in Aubusson and a number of other localities in the Creuse region of France.
Aubusson tapestry can be based on an image in any artistic style, prepared by a designer. Weaving is done manually by a lissier, or weaver, on a loom positioned horizontally, working on the reverse side of the tapestry, and using yarns that are hand-dyed in house.
This process is time-consuming and expensive. The Aubusson tapestries are a gold standard throughout the world, to the extent that Aubusson has become a common noun in some languages.
Apollo was a god in Greek mythology, and one of the Twelve Olympians. He was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin brother of Artemis.
He is known as the god of healing, medicine, archery, justice, prophecy, music, and poetry. During the 5th century BC, Apollo became also known as the god of Sun, becoming one with the god Helios, and getting the name Phoebus. He is often depicted as a young man, wearing a laurel wreath and playing the lyre.
Being the god of music and poetry, this makes him popular choice in Renaissance Style decorative arts.
The Renaissance & Greek Mythology
The Renaissance, which lasted from 1490 to 1527, produced influential artists such as da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, each of whom brought creative power and spearheaded ideals of emotional expression. Artwork throughout the Renaissance was characterized by realism, attention to detail, and precise study of human anatomy. Artists used linear perspective and created depth through intense lighting and shading. Art began to change stylistically shortly after the Renaissance, when clashes between the Christian faith and humanism gave way to Mannerism.
With the rediscovery of classical antiquity in the Renaissance, the poetry of Ovid became a major influence on the imagination of poets and artists, and remained a fundamental influence on the diffusion and perception of Greek mythology through the Renaissance.
Tapestries in the Renaissance Era was the symbol of wealth and power favored by the Royal Courts all over Europe.
The notorious Prince of Renaissance, Henry VIII, has a collection of 2,700 tapestries divided among 14 palaces which was typical for the age. If placed from end to end, it would stretch an estimated 5,000 meters in length. Most of these were commissioned by the King him self including 20 gold woven sets. These commissioned figurative were designed to substantiate his new status as the head of the Church of England.
The Pope Leo X, commissioned Raphael in 1515 to design a set of tapestries for the Sistine Chapel depicting scenes from the lives of apostles Peter and Paul. He later ordered 2 more tapestries with imagery designed to show the power of the church at a time when it was threatened by the Turks. The Acts of the Apostles were displayed in the Sistine Chapel on December 26th 1521 and were considered the Finest Things of Its Kind.