Gobelin Tapestries

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Gobelin Tapestries "What is lovely never dies, but passes into other loveliness." -Thomas Bailey Aldrich Throughout the 17th and 18th century many memorable works of art were created. There is one piece of art that stands out they are the Gobelins. Gobelins are luxurious tapestries made out many fine threads. These tapestries hung on the walls of many great castles, homes, and prominent buildings. They have inspired generations of artists to make their creations as beautiful, if not equally beautiful. In the paragraphs that follow there will be explanations of how the Gobelin tapestries came to be, how they were made, and their influence on the world. The Gobelin tapestry industry was created in the "mid-15th century, when Jean Gobelin and Philbert Gobelin set up a dye works on the outskirts of Paris(Microsoft Encarta)." They set the basis of what would become the greatest industry to grace France. In the 17th century King Henry IV made the Gobelin dye works into a tapestry industry. This industry became so distinguished that Colbert took it over in 1662. The Gobelin factory came to known as the "Manufacture royale des meubles de la Couronne, and, as this implies, it was planned to produce everything necessary to the furnishing of the royal palace(Blunt 194)." In 1663 Colbert appointed Lebrun as the director of this industry. Under his command he created a business that did everything from painting to marbling. Lebrun also set up a school to learn the trade. This school consisted of four stages. The four stages were the "elementary level, advanced level, academy and tapestry school(Weigert 19)." Along with the school for the creation of Gobelins, they offered a free drawing school. Due to... ... middle of paper ... ...e lovely when they were created, and became even lovelier as the years grew. These tapestries will live on forever. They will always represent the "Greatness of France", and it's people. Bibliography: Works Cited Bazin, Germain. Art Treasures in France, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York. 1969 An overall good book for the latter part of the industry. Blunt, Anthony. Art & Architecture in France 1500-1700, Penguin Books, Maryland. Gave a great past history on industry Faniel, Stephane. French Art of the 18th Century, Libraire Hachette Et Societe D'Etudes Et De Publications Artistiques. 1956. Gave impressive tapestries and influences Microsoft Encarta. CD-ROM Gave a great base of knowledge Weigert, R.A. French Tapestry, Charles T. Bradford Company, Massachusetts. 1962 Gave me everything I needed to know about the tapestries.

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