Pergola Tapestry

Title/Series: Pergola Tapestry with Flower Still-Life
Manufacture: Flemish, Bruges
Date: Mid 16th Century
Materials: Wool and Silk
Dimensions: 5ft. 10in. x 5ft. 2in.

Pergola tapestries are typified by a harmony between garden views, open architecture and figures. A pergola, a shaded passage formed of columns and leafy canopy, is the subject of this tapestry. Here an ornate arcade framing a picturesque landscape and large floral still-life is flanked by two dramatic statues, or caryatids, that support the vegetation above.