Wool, silk, silver thread; tapestry weave
Overall: 79 x 75.9 cm (31 1/8 x 29 7/8 in.); Framed: 102.2 x 99.7 cm (40 1/4 x 39 1/4 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1973.77
In this tapestry, the Holy Family appears seated at a
table. Flanked by Mary and Joseph, the Christ Child
squeezes grapes into a chalice, symbolizing the gift of Christ’s blood for the redemption of humankind. Behind, three angels read from an open book.
During the late medieval period, intense mystical
fervor in Europe focused largely on the blood and
Passion of Christ. Small tapestries such as this were
used for personal devotions.
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