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Plato's Academy Silk Tapestry Italy XVII-XVIII Century

Central Italy Late 17th-early 18th century

Code :  ANCOSP0084001

Price upon request
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Plato's Academy Silk Tapestry Italy XVII-XVIII Century

Central Italy Late 17th-early 18th century

Code :  ANCOSP0084001

Price upon request
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Plato's Academy Silk Tapestry Italy XVII-XVIII Century - Central Italy Late 17th-early 18th century

Features

Central Italy Late 17th-early 18th century

Age:  18th Century / 1701 - 1800 , 17th Century / 1601 - 1700

Origin:  Central Italy

Description

Small silk tapestry, with some applied inserts in painted canvas, corresponding to the faces and hands of the characters. The scene depicts Plato's Academy, with the philosopher sitting on the ground, his back against a tree, dressed in a cassock and a mantle that drapes him, with his right hand holding a tablet or parchment. He is intent on carrying out a philosophy lesson, with the young students who surround him and with one of whom he is speaking in particular. Behind a rural landscape inhabited by men who are doing agricultural work: some intent in sowing, some in harvesting and some, again, in cutting down a tree with an ax. In the background, to the right of the main group, a turreted construction can be seen, while to the left an ancient herm. Inserted in a coeval frame, molded in several orders with ebonized parts alternating with others veneered in tortoiseshell.

Product Condition:
Product in fair condition showing some signs of wear.

Dimensions (cm):
Height: 56
Width: 65
Depth: 6

Additional Information

Notes historical bibliographic

Both the small tapestry and the tortoiseshell frame are two artifacts dating back to the end of the 17th century, beginning of the 18th century. In fact, the use of the turtle began to spread in this century. The use of the animal's carapace was in fact used to decorate wünderkammer objects, both for the refined plays of color that could be created, and as an exotic material. The scene represented is recognizable thanks to the typical iconography of Plato, that is a philosopher, a wise man with a mature appearance with a white beard, wearing a dress with a classic style. It has a phylactery as an attribute, in memory of the writings he wrote; in our case he is also surrounded by young people attentive to his lessons, with whom he is discussing his own philosophical research. The classical herm in the background is also interesting, to remember Socrates, the teacher on whose doctrine Plato's thought was based. Great attention has been paid to the method of realization, which sees the alternation of embroidered parts to create the landscape and the figures, while the faces, arms and feet of the characters are painted on canvas, applied on the tapestry itself.

Age:

18th Century / 1701 - 1800

17th Century / 1601 - 1700

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