Contributions Toward A History Of Arabico-gothic Culture (volume 1)

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byLeo Wiener

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ARRAS CLOTH There exists a universal conviction that the city of Arras was the center of the manufacture of tapestries, from which they derived their name.1 Not only do all the dictionaries and cyclopedias repeat this utterly untenable statement, but even serious works which deal with the history of tapestry manufacture have fallen a prey to this plausible etymology.2 No wonder, then, that the city of Arras should feel a special pride in its glorious past, and that even the French Government in the beginning of the seventies of last century should have furnished the sum of 4500 francs in order to restore and renovate a fifteenth century Arras tapestry which had for many years been lying in a dusty lumberroom belonging to the Cathedral of Tournay.3 It is not very gracious in me to attempt in the following pages to prick the bubble of so long established and apparently innocent a prejudice, which all Europe has accepted, but truth is the watchword of science, and all I can do is to sympathize with the learned Abbe van Drival, whose apologetic work on the Arras tapestry4 will form the starting point of my investigation, and with the other writers, from whose learned opinions I am by force of documentary evidence obliged to dissent. Van Drival bases the claims of Arras to a priority and excellence of its tapestry manufacture on the presumption of a continued evolution of its woolen goods manufacture in antiquity, when the vestes Attrebaticae were among the best known in the Roman world. He adduces the birri, saga, and xerampelinae as proofs of a highly developed industry in Arras. I have shown1 that the birri were universally manufactured, from Tibet to Spain, and that they were coarse mantles, the more costly ones differing from the cheaper grades in the use of a f...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ARRAS CLOTH There exists a universal conviction that the city of Arras was the center of the manufacture of tapestries, from which th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217822983

ISBN - 13:9780217822985

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