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Alexander Kneeling before Jaddus at the Gates of Jerusalem [left section], from The Story of Alexander the Great

A work made of wool and silk, slit, dovetailed and double interlocking tapestry weave.
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  • A work made of wool and silk, slit, dovetailed and double interlocking tapestry weave.

Date:

c. 1600

Artist:

Adapted from designs attributed to Nicolaas van Orley (died 1586/91)
Possibly woven at the workshop of Jacques Tseraerts (died before 1613)
Flanders, Brussels

About this artwork

Numerous Flemish tapestry sets depicting stories from the life of Alexander the Great (r. 336–323 b.c.) survive from the 16th and 17th centuries, attesting to the popularity of the subject. This scene depicts the story of Alexander’s conversion to Judaism. After successful military campaigns in Syria and Gaza, Alexander led his armies to Jerusalem to conquer the city. In a dream, God told Jaddus, the high priest of the Jews, to open the gates of the city to the conqueror. The people of Jerusalem welcomed Alexander and in turn were spared.

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Artist

Nicolaas van Orley

Title

Alexander Kneeling before Jaddus at the Gates of Jerusalem [left section], from The Story of Alexander the Great

Origin

Flanders

Date

1590–1610

Medium

Wool and silk, slit, dovetailed and double interlocking tapestry weave

Dimensions

251.8 × 297.5 cm (99 1/8 × 117 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Morris

Reference Number

1964.1088

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