Artwork of the Week: September 21

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Flemish (Tournai), Tapestry: Selling Wine, wool (warp), silk and dyed wool (weft), about 1480. 10 ft., 2 in. x 6 ft., 1 in. Gallery 16

Along with the hunt, the wine vintage was one of the most popular and picturesque seasonal themes—representing Autumn—that weavers of the late Middle Ages portrayed. Woven of wool and silk, this tapestry fragment originally belonged to a winemaking series intended to cover the walls of an entire room (the Museum also owns a second fragment from the series). This tapestry depicts a vineyard overseer and laborers with baskets of grapes and wine casks, while a customer in the foreground pays for his purchase.


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