Small scale tapestry,ca.1600, Flemish(MMA 41.100.57e)

"Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e
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In this blog post, learn how curators and conservators examine a tapestry. | Back and front details of lion mask from "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac. Flemish, ca. 1600. Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread; 19 3/4 x W. 20 in. (50.2 x 50.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.100.57e) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art #tapestrytuesday

In this blog post, learn how curators and conservators examine a tapestry. | Back and front details of lion mask from "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac. Flemish, ca. 1600. Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread; 19 3/4 x W. 20 in. (50.2 x 50.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.100.57e) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art #tapestrytuesday

"Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

"Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

Reverse side of "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

Reverse side of "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

X-ray image of tapestry. Metal elements appear bright white revealing highlighted areas. Wool and silk threads are in a range of greys. X-ray image by Cristina Balloffet Carr. "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm)Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

X-ray image of tapestry. Metal elements appear bright white revealing highlighted areas. Wool and silk threads are in a range of greys. X-ray image by Cristina Balloffet Carr. "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm)Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

The X-ray image reveals the concentration of metal threads in the figure of Sarah. X-ray image by Cristina Balloffet Carr. "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

The X-ray image reveals the concentration of metal threads in the figure of Sarah. X-ray image by Cristina Balloffet Carr. "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

Although faded Sarah's face remains expressive. The eyes have been highlighted with  small sections of warp wrapped with white silk."Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

Although faded Sarah's face remains expressive. The eyes have been highlighted with small sections of warp wrapped with white silk."Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

Exposed warp continues unbroken despite weft loss. "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

Exposed warp continues unbroken despite weft loss. "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

The reverse retains the original pink colors in her headscarf. A closer look at the metal wrapped thread reveals the surface characteristics of the silver strip. "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac ca. 1600  Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

The reverse retains the original pink colors in her headscarf. A closer look at the metal wrapped thread reveals the surface characteristics of the silver strip. "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac ca. 1600 Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

Hatching in the dress is very finely worked. A closer look at the metal thread reveals the gilding that has been lost on the obverse of the tapestry. "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number…

Hatching in the dress is very finely worked. A closer look at the metal thread reveals the gilding that has been lost on the obverse of the tapestry. "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number…

The nuanced color of the yellow silk is barely perceptible on the faded obverse of the tapestry. "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

The nuanced color of the yellow silk is barely perceptible on the faded obverse of the tapestry. "Abraham Entertaining the Angels" from Scenes from the Lives of Abraham and Isaac Date: ca. 1600 Culture: Flemish Medium: Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (21 warps per inch, 9 per cm.) Dimensions: H. 19 3/4 x W. 20 inches (50.2 x 50.8 cm) Classification: Textiles-Tapestries Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941 Accession Number: 41.100.57e

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