The Falconers
On View In:
Gallery 340
Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   The Falconers  
Date:   1435-1445  
Medium:   Wool; tapestry weave  
Dimensions:   135 x 128 1/4 in. (342.9 x 325.76 cm) (irregular)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Mrs. C. J. Martin for the Charles Jairus Martin Memorial Collection  
Location:   Gallery 340  

This tapestry is a fragment of a larger hanging that depicts ladies and gentlemen hunting with falcons. It shows various phases in the training and exercise of the birds, as well as the manner and dress of the nobility who enjoyed this social sport.<:P>During the fifteenth century many tapestry designers indicated perspective by arranging various scenes one above the other. The figures near the bottom of the piece are meant to be in the foreground, closer to the viewer, while the scenes near the top are more distant.<P>

Object Description  
Classification:   Textiles  
Physical Description:   tapestry; warp undyed wool, 5-6½ ends per cm.; weft dyed wool, 22-26 ends per cm.; tapestry has been cut, and was originally any where from a yard or two wider to over three times its present width  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , , Arras  
Accession #:   15.34  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts