This section is from the book "Tapestries; Their Origin, History And Renaissance", by George Leland Hunter. Also available from Amazon: Tapestries; Their Origin, History, And Renaissance.
Especially interesting in design, composition, and texture, is this Late Gothic tapestry 8 feet 9 by 13 feet 1, woven in Brussels in the first quarter of the XVI century, and lent to the Metropolitan Museum by the late Alfred W. Hoyt. The hatchings are many and strong and contrast boldly with the horizontal ribs (16 to the inch) that they cross at right angles. This tapestry illustrates tapestry texture at its best, when the weaver knew his art profoundly and sympathetically, and in translating cartoons from paint to textile instinctively omitted those qualities and methods of expression that are peculiar to paint or best in paint. The richness of the costumes is noteworthy. None of the nudities here introduced by the Italian Renaissance, and by those who drew inspiration from the frescoes of ancient Rome.