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Tapestry in the Baroque: New Aspects of Production and Patronage

Campbell, Thomas P., and Elizabeth A. H. Cleland, eds., with contributions by Koenraad Brosens, Isabelle Denis, Jean Vittet, Pascal-François Bertrand, Hans Hubach, Ebeltje Hartkamp-Jonxis, Nello Forti Grazzini, Ingrid De Meûter, James G. Harper, Florence Patrizi, Concha Herrero Carretero, Guy Delmarcel, Margarita García Calvo, Charissa Bremer-David, and Florian Knothe (2010)

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