With a woman in the centre in front of an intricately designed Renaissance garden. To the right of the tapestry are two
further figures working on the garden and a large urn with oversized flowers growing out of it. In the foreground on the right sit a male and a female peacock on top of a fence beside a body of water. The left hand side depicts a more wild landscape with ferns and flowers growing and two rabbits.
In shades of blues, greens and yellows, with a blue and yellow border. Brussels c. 1620.
The tapestry is in excellent condition and has been partially backed with linen.
In the 16th century when the formal Italian ornamental garden began to develop as an art form and gradually influence northern-European gardens as well, tapestries followed wall painting in bringing depictions of such places of delight, real or imagined, into the palaces of the noble and rich. The evolution in Flemish tapestry that led to the enormously popular perspectival garden tapestries like this one began in the 1540's with the well known Vertumnus and Pomona series.
Reference : European Tapestry In The Minneapolis Institute Of Arts, published 1994, Edited by Susan C. Jones.
HEIGHT: 225 cm (88½")
WIDTH: 219 cm (86¼")