Apocalypse of Angers Tapestry — the fourth horseman, 1370s
Death, unusually for this period portrayed as a decaying corpse
Jean Bondol’s weaving follows the Franco-Flemish school of tapestry design, with rich, realist, fluid images placed into a simple, clear structure through the course of the tapestry
Le cheval livide et la mort. Détail de la douzième pièce de la première tapisserie de la Tenture de l’Apocalypse d’Angers, France.
The Apocalypse Tapestry is a medieval French tapestry 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. Despite being lost and mistreated in the late 18th century, the tapestry was recovered and restored in the 19th century and is now on display at the Chateau d’Angers. It is the oldest French medieval tapestry to have survived, and historian Jean Mesqui considers it “one of the great artistic interpretations of the revelation of Saint John, and one of the masterpieces of French cultural heritage- Wiki
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