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Henry VIII and the Art of Majesty: Tapestries at the Tudor Court (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) Hardcover – September 15, 2007

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  • Series: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre BA (September 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300122349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300122343
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,279,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This thoroughly researched study provides a welcome infusion of scholarly rigor into a field that has suffered from a bias toward fine arts at the expense of decorative arts. An important contribution to scholarship, it is among the best in its genre. . . . Essential."—Choice
(Choice 2008-08-01)

About the Author

Thomas P. Campbell is Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts and Supervising Curator of the Antonio Ratti Textile Center at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is the principal author of Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence (2002) and editor of Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor (see page 29).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ivor E. Zetler on October 28, 2009
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This book is a study of the history of tapestry primarily during the reign of Henry VIII. There is additional coverage of medieval precedents (from around 1400) and further detailing of tapestry in England after Henry's death in 1547.The text of this volume is in fact an adaptation of Thomas Campbell's Ph.D. thesis. Campbell has recently been appointed director of the Metropolitan Museum and is also the author of Tapestry in the Renaissance as well as Tapestry in the Baroque.

To fully appreciate the writing in this book, the reader would need to be well versed in English history of the Tudor era. Although the contents demonstrate that Campbell's research capacity is awesome, the average reader (myself included) would probably be overwhelmed by the detail of the text. The following random quote will give an idea of the contents; .... "Subsequently, the Wardrobe accounts for 1537-38 and 1538-39 both name Mostinck as the individual to whom payment was made for repair materials, indicating that he was now fulfilling the supervisory role formerly held by Lyson. The volume of repair work continued undiminished. The account for 1537-38 lists 205 tapestry items, including fifty-eight pieces from Chelsea manor, which Henry acquired in 1536 through land exchanges with Lord Sandys and Westminster Abbey." Thus the writing is scholarly, as well as dense and on the dry side.

Apart from the text, there are copious reproductions (mainly in excellent color)of tapestries as well as related historical illustrations. The interested reader might find these photographs reason enough to purchse this book. Be aware that this book is somewhat smaller in size that the Renaissance and Baroque volumes. So, this book merits a five star rating for the specialist, however four stars for the general reader.
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