Giulio Romano. Children Playing

Visiting Artwork is an initiative by the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum aimed at welcoming works of art from museums around the world, placing them in dialogue with works from the Gulbenkian Collection and thereby creating spaces for sharing and refreshing knowledge. The Dance (?), the second Visiting Artwork in this cycle of presentations, is a fragment of a tapestry from the Museo Poldi Pezzoli (Milan), which is part of the Children Playing set, based on   designs by Giulio Romano. This set also includes  four tapestries and two fragments belonging to the Gulbenkian Museum,  shown in this display too. The tapestries can thus be seen for the first time as a complete set, offering a perfect illustration of the artistic and technical quality achieved in tapestry art during the 16th century.

A publication on this exhibition, with editions in Portuguese and English, includes a text by Clara Serra, curator at the Gulbenkian Museum and of this exhibition, on the tapestries in the Gulbenkian Collection, and by Lavinia Galli, curator at the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, on the tapestry fragment from that museum. Both writers look at historical, technical and artistic questions related to this set, which is thought to have been produced for Cardinal Ercole Gonzaga, whose coat of arms is visible in some of the tapestries, which are likely to have been woven in Mantua at the workshop of Nicolas Karcher, a master tapestry-maker from Brussels who settled in Italy.

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Clara Serra, Lavinia Galli
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Original title:
Giulio Romano. Children Playing
Updated on 14 march 2023

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