This photomicrograph shows the warp and weft threads used to create a background detail in the Triumph of Bacchus tapestry
Triumph of Bacchus, design overseen by Raphael, ca. 1518-19; design and cartoon by Giovanni da Udine. Brussels, workshop of Frans Geubels, ca 1560. Paris, Mobilier National, inv. GMTT 1/3. Image © Le
The horizontal threads are the undyed wool warps that are the backbone of the underlying weave structure to the tapestry.
The decorative vertical threads include both crimson colored silk wefts as well as precious metal weft threads
Art Under the Microscope: Threads
How exactly was the gilding of tapestries done in the 16th century? These microscopic images reveal all.
These images show the warp and weft threads used to create a background detail in the Triumph of Bacchus tapestry recently exhibited in “Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV.”
Viewed from a distance (like when the tapestry is hanging high up on a wall), the combo of the crimson silk with the gold threads looks like a bright copper, and here we can see all the separate colors and textures that build up that look.
Triumph of Bacchus, design overseen by Raphael, ca. 1518-19; design and cartoon by Giovanni da Udine. Brussels, workshop of Frans Geubels, ca 1560. Paris, Mobilier National, inv. GMTT 1/3. Image © Le Mobilier National. Photo by Lawrence Perquis
Art Under the Microscope is a series that features, well, art under the microscope, as photographed by our conservators to better study and preserve our collections.
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To prove a point.
It isn’t about having a good camera, it’s about going out and doing it. All of these were taken on a an 8 year old ipod touch. None of them have been edited or processed. All straight out of the camera. Go out and take photos with whatever you have. Just do it.
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1979. My senior year in High School. I remember buying this record without hearing it. I already had DSOM, Animals, WYWH… so of course I’m getting a new Pink Floyd record. It was played daily that year. I don’t hear it with the same ears I had then, but this record will always be a part of me.
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I would like to see this in a book.
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Anton Pieck (Dutch, 1895-1987)
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Favourite Colour – Spc Eco
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Five years of #LBD?! Then this #tbt goes back to #vidcon 2012 when @fromgenevieve and I met the core four of @theashleyclem, @thatjuliacho, @mkwiles & @itslauraspencer (and @mrcheezypop) for the first time. Complete with my copy of P&P, how time flies! #lizziebennet #prideandprejudice
Is that bonus @jaybushman in the back?
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Taken by Charles Chiofar on December 31, 2016 @ Buckley, Washington
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