(b. 1526, Milano, d. 1593, Milano)

Dormition of the Virgin

Tapestry, wool and silk, 423 x 470 cm
Como, Cathedral

The drawing for the present tapestry was done by Giuseppe Arcimboldo in 1558. Although the scene, represented in the tapestry in a conventional way, contrasts with Arcimboldo's fantastic heads and half-figures, the bordure is quite remarkable.

The tapestry representing the death of the Virgin was woven by Giovanni Karcher, a Flemish tapestry weaver active in Italy. He organized with his brother Nicolas Karcher a large workshop for Ercole d'Este II, Duke of Ferrara and Modena. This workshop produced important series of tapestries.

Together with seven other wall hangings this tapestry belongs to a series in the Como Cathedral showing scenes from the life of the Virgin and scenes from the Old Testament.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.