The Virgin Annunciate

Probably woven under the direction of Pietro Ferloni Italian
Probably woven at the San Michele

Not on view

This small fragment has been cut down from a larger tapestry, probably representing the Annunciation. It is attributed to weavers working in Rome at the San Michele manufactory, which had been founded in 1710 by Pope Clement XI to complement the wool and dyeing workshops at the orphanage of San Michele a Ripa. The tapestry is part of a large group of technically proficient tapestries, many made as diplomatic gifts, modelled after paintings in the Vatican collection. With the exception of a handful of more sophisticated tapestry series (like Gerusalemme Liberata, four pieces of which are also in The Met’s collection), these woven copies comprised the main activity of the San Michele weavers, alongside repair and restoration of older northern European tapestries in the papal collection.

The Virgin Annunciate, Probably woven under the direction of Pietro Ferloni (Italian, active 1717–70), Wool, silk (26-29 warps per inch, 10-11 per cm.), Italian, probably Rome

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