SAGRESTANI, Giovanni Camillo
(b. 1660, Firenze, d. 1731, Firenze)
Tapestry, wool and silk, 316 x 230 cm
Archivio di Stato, Florence
This tapestry was made under the direction of Giovan Battista Termini in the Medici workshops in Florence from a design by the painter Giovanni Camillo Sagrestani. It is a door covering decorated with the Medici coat-of-arms, supported by two angels and surmounted by a regal crown.
From the sixteenth century on, tapestries were used not only for decorative purposes but also to protect and insulate the halls and chambers of palaces from cold draughts by covering doorways and windows.