“Ladik Type Carpets in a 19th Century Painting” @ Carpet Collector 1/2016

My article titled, “Ladik Type Carpets in a 19th Century Painting – The Departure of the Prodigal Child from Venice by James Tissot”, was published in issue 1/2016 of Carpet Collector, a well-known bilingual magazine of carpets and textiles for collectors.

It is common to see oriental carpets in Renaissance paintings of Italian cities, especially in the Venetian paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries. The best known examples were painted by such artists as Vittore Carpaccio, Gentile Bellini, Lorenzo Lotto and Carlo Crivelli, whose names are well known to carpet enthusiasts and specialists.

It is therefore no surprise to find eastern carpets in Vittore Carpaccio’s painting “The Meeting of Ursula and the Prince” dated 1495. More than three centuries later, in 1863, a similar scene was depicted with Turkish carpets in James Tissot’s work: “The Departure of the Prodigal Son”.

Whatever the reason, Tissot remains a major painter for carpets enthusiasts, because of his high-quality representations. By his works, we can trail the distribution and popularity of those carpets, both in France and in England during the second half of the 19th century.

“Le Départ de l'enfant prodigue” James Tissot (1863) Le Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris [Inv. PDUT01453]

“Le Départ de l’enfant prodigue” – James Tissot (1863)
Le Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris [Inv. PDUT01453]

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