The Tapestry Cycle

Described by critics as "extraordinary and perhaps unique in Italy"

Washing of the Feet (1511/1528) by Pieter van Edinghen known as van AelstMuseo Diocesano Tridentino

The tapestry cycle was purchased in Cologne in 1531 by Bernardo Cles, prince-bishop of Trento, to adorn the Buonconsiglio Castle.

They were made in Brussels at the atelier of Peter Van Edinghen, known as van Aelst.

Christ Before Caiaphas (1511/1528) by Pieter van Edinghen known as van AelstMuseo Diocesano Tridentino

Van Aelst was the most important tapestry maker of the time; Pope Leo X commissioned him to make the tapestries for the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, woven to cartoons by Raphael.

23rd session of the Council of Trento in the Cathedral of Saint Vigilius (1961/1961) by Odette PauvertMuseo Diocesano Tridentino

At the Council of Trento (1545-1563) they formed the valuable furnishings of the hall in which the solemn sessions were held, set up in the choir of St. Vigilius Cathedral.

Deposition of Christ from the Cross (1511/1528) by Pieter van Edinghen known as van AelstMuseo Diocesano Tridentino

The Passion of Christ is the theme of the seven tapestries: on each of them the main scene is in the center and is enclosed by a series of episodes described in smaller portions of the fabric.

The Ascent to Calvary (1511/1528) by Pieter van Edinghen known as van AelstMuseo Diocesano Tridentino

The cycle, described by critics as "extraordinary and perhaps unique in Italy," belongs to the pre-Renaissance style and is characterized by the combination of elements of the Flemish Gothic tradition with new Italian Renaissance trends.

Saint John the Evangelist on the Island of Patmos (1520/1525) by Pieter van Edinghen known as van AelstMuseo Diocesano Tridentino

The smaller tapestry, depicting St. John on Patmos, again referable to the atelier of Pieter van Aelst, is an isolated piece, datable to the third decade of the 16th century. Bernardo Cles placed it in the library room of the bishop's residence.

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