Erich Lessing Collection
The horsemen of the Apocalypse, from the Tapestry of the Apocalypse, made for Louis I of Anjou from cartons (patterns) by Hennequin de Bruges.The tapestry was woven in Paris in the workshop of Nicolas Bataille,
1375-1380. 168 x 500 cm
Musee de la Tapisserie, Angers, France
Traveling west from Fontrevaud, we had time for a brief visit to Angers, seat of the Counts (later Dukes) of Anjou. Famed birthplace of the Plantagenet family, it was also the home of the 15th century nobleman, poet, author and tournament patron, Rene d'Anjou, "King of Jerusalem" (for whom a large statue stands in a nearby street intersection). Upon seeing the imposing castle of Angers, it comes as no wonder that it never fell in battle or siege; even with its 13th century towers cut down by twenty feet the walls of this great "chateau" simply dwarf the castles of Chinon or Samnur. Angers is also home to a unique treasure: the Apocalypse Tapestries. Commissioned by Louis I of Anjou in 1364, and completed in 1382, this amazing collection of 76 tapestries collectively represented the largest surviving tapestry from the 14th century and is an invaluable source of reference for clothing of the period.
The Apocalypse Tapestry is a large medieval French set of tapestries commissioned by Louis I, the Duke of Anjou, and produced between 1377 and 1382. It depicts the story of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelation by Saint John the Divine in colourful images, spread over a number of sections that originally totalled 90 scenes.
The Apocalypse Tapestry was commissioned by Louis I, the Duke of Anjou in the late 1370s. Louis instructed Jean Bondol, a Flemish artist, to draw the sketches that would form the model for the tapestry, which was then woven in Paris between 1377 and 1380 by Nicholas Bataille. The tapestry was probably finally complete by 1382.