Pieter Coecke Van Aelst

Belgium / 1502 - 1550 / wikipedia
"A tapestry designer, painter, draftsman, and publisher of architectural treatises, Pieter Coecke van Aelst was quite literally a Renaissance man. Though he was a master of many media while active from the 1520s until his death in 1550, his contributions have been largely forgotten today.

Elizabeth Cleland: To our general audience he is one of the lost, great artists; I hope that anyone who looks through the catalogue or walks through the exhibition immediately realizes that. He's a very compelling artist—the works are exquisitely beautiful—but above and beyond that, he's also really important. Coecke's contemporaries realized his importance, and for about two hundred years after his death people were still praising him and talking about him in texts, but since then he's gone a little bit under the radar. He designed a lot more than just tapestries, but the tapestry series are the works that belonged to the great collectors of the period—the Medici, the Hapsburgs, Henry VIII, Francis I—they all owned tapestry series designed by Coecke. So, if you are interested in tapestry during the 16th century, he's a natural subject of study." http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/now-at-the-met/2014/grand-design-interview
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