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Tapestry - The Holy Family

The Holy Family

  • Object:

    Tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (woven)

  • Date:

    23/05/1852-06/12/1856 (woven)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Margarita, Adolphe (weaver)
    Raphael, born 1483 - died 1520 (painter)
    Gobelins (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry woven in wool and silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Emperor Napoleon III

  • Museum number:

    7926-1862

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Napoleon III gave this tapestry to the South Kensington Museum (as the Victoria & Albert Museum was then called) in recognition of the gracious welcome and assistance given by the officials of the Museum to the French Jury at the Universal Exhibition of 1862 in London.

Laborious copying of paintings like Raphael's Holy Family, which this tapestry is after, formed a large part of the new work undertaken at the Gobelins tapestry manufactory in the nineteenth century.

Physical description

Tapestry, woven in wool and silk, after a painting by Raphael depicting the Holy Family.

Place of Origin

Paris (woven)

Date

23/05/1852-06/12/1856 (woven)

Artist/maker

Margarita, Adolphe (weaver)
Raphael, born 1483 - died 1520 (painter)
Gobelins (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry woven in wool and silk

Dimensions

Height: 2108 mm, Width: 1447 mm

Object history note

Napoleon III gave the tapestry to the South Kensington Museum (as the Victoria & Albert Museum was then called) in recognition of the gracious welcome and assistance given by the officals of the Museum to the French Jury at the Universal Exhibition of 1862 in London.

Historical context note

Laborious copying of paintings formed a large part of the new work undertaken at the Gobelins in the nineteenth century.

Descriptive line

Tapestry, after a painting of the Holy Family by Raphael; principal weaver Adolphe Margarita; made at the Gobelins in Paris, 23/05/1852-06/12/1856

Labels and date

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

Laborious copying of paintings formed a large part of the new work undertaken at the Gobelins in the nineteenth century. Napoleon III gave the tapestry to the South Kensington Museum (as the Victoria & Albert Museum was then called) in recognition of the gracious welcome and assistance given by the officals of the Museum to the French Jury at the Universal Exhibition of 1862 in London. [1987-2006]

Production Note

After a painting by Raphael (1483-1520).

Materials

Wool and silk

Techniques

Weaving

Categories

Textiles; Tapestry; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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