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South Netherlandish Tapestry

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Glasgow Museums has a collection of 25 south Netherlandish tapestries dating from the early 16th century to the 17th century.

This collection boasts the largest and most complex tapestries held in the Burrell Collection, as well as some smaller tapestries and fragments. It comprises two of the seven scenes adapted from a famous allegorical series called 'Los Honores' in the Spanish Royal Collection; the largest tapestry in the Burrell Collection, 'The Apotheosis of Divine Wisdom' and 'The Apotheosis of Faith'. Other fine quality Brussels-made tapestries in the collection include a key scene from a series depicting the religious legend 'Our Lady of Sablon', possibly by the Flemish artist Bernard van Orley, and a set of five tapestries depicting Sibylls. In addition there are six tapestries held in the Provand's Lordship. Among them is a tapestry depicting 'The Family of Darius before Alexander' from the 'Alexander the Great' series designed by the painter Charles Le Brun.

During the 16th century the City of Brussels was home to the most prestigious tapestry weavers in Europe. The city is now the capital of Belgium however during the period in question it lay within the area then known as Flanders which was part of the Habsburg-ruled 'South Netherlands'.