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Woodcutters Working at a Deer Park (from the Hunting Parks Tapestries)

Date:
ca. 1515–35
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Wool and silk thread
Dimensions:
Overall: 134 1/2 x 126 1/2in. (341.6 x 321.3cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.190.227
Not on view
In this tapestry, one from a set of four, woodsmen work in and around a hunting park filled with deer. Inside the enclosure, one woodsman stands upon a tree trunk, splitting it with a wedge and mallet. Deer nestle nearby, oblivious to his presence. Outside, near the gate, another woodsman prunes a branch while three noble figures hover nearby. The fine garments and jeweled accessories of the nobles distinguish them from the workers. The couple on the left gesture as if in conversation, their relaxed stroll another indication of their status. Produced for aristocratic homes, such tapestries depict a world of privilege.
comte de Vauguyon, Paris; George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (by 1914)
Rubinstein-Bloch, Stella. Catalogue of the Collection of George and Florence Blumenthal, New York: Volume 4, Tapestries and Furniture, Mediaeval and Renaissance. Paris: A. Lévy, 1927. pl. VII.

Stokstad, Marilyn, and Jerry Stannard, ed. Gardens of the Middle Ages. Lawrence: Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 1983. no. 20, pp. 134–36.

Songs of Glory: Medieval Art from 900 to 1500. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Museum of Art, 1985. no. 97, pp. 264-266.

Cavallo, Adolfo S. Medieval Tapestries in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 49, pp. 574-585, fig. 171.

Cleland, Elizabeth. "Collecting Sixteenth-Century Tapestries in Twentieth-Century America: The Blumenthals and Jacques Seligmann." Metropolitan Museum Journal 50 (2015). p. 150.



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