The Mystical Grapes

The Mystical Grapes

c. 1500

Wool, silk, silver thread; tapestry weave

Overall: 79 x 75.9 cm (31 1/8 x 29 7/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1973.77



During the late medieval period, intense mystical fervor in Europe focused largely on the blood and Passion of Christ. In this exceptionally fine tapestry, the Christ child, flanked by Mary and Joseph, squeezes grapes into a chalice, symbolizing the shedding of Christ’s blood for the redemption of mankind. Behind, three angels are reading from an open book. Small tapestries such as this were used for personal devotions.

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