An Eight-Panel French Set

Susan Groag Bell

in The Lost Tapestries of the City of Ladies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780520234109
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928787 | DOI:
An Eight-Panel French Set

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This chapter attempts to unscramble sizes and measurements of tapestries, which required thinking in terms of French aunes versus Flemish ells versus English yardes versus modern meters. It delves into the lives and the interests of those who owned or who might once have owned the Book of the City of Ladies tapestries. Now the second, eight-panel set of City of Ladies tapestries listed in the royal French inventories of 1542 and 1551 presented an additional puzzle. The existence of a second set of City of Ladies tapestries during the reign of Francis I was that these tapestries had belonged to his mother, Louise of Savoy, and that he had inherited them following her death in 1531. The Belgian tapestry historian Sophie Schneebalg-Perelman, who published the French inventories of 1542 and 1551, states very specifically that the texts were reprinted without editing in accordance with the original manuscripts themselves.

Keywords: Book of the City of Ladies; tapestries; Francis I; Louise of Savoy; Sophie Schneebalg-Perelman

Chapter.  4098 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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