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- Author cartoon attributed to Michiel Coxie
- Performed by Pieter van Aelst the Younger workshop
- Date of production ca. 1550
- Place of creation Brussels
- Dimensions height: 467 cm, width: 525 cm
- Author's designation Pieter van Aelst the Younger weaver’s mark in the bottom right corner
- ID no. ZKWawel 7
- Availability Envoys’ Room
- Collector collection of King Sigismund Augustus
- Object copyright Wawel Royal Castle – State Art Collection
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Digitalisation of the most significant tapestries from the collection of Wawel Royal Castle project
The textile depicts one of the episodes of the Book of Genesis and is one of eight tapestries of the Sigismund collection forming a series dedicated to the figure of Noah. The Latin inscription in the upper border perfectly desribes the scene taking place below: “Noah walks with God. God reveals to Noah the future flood and commands him to build an ark for salvation”. God warns Noah – the only righteous inhabitant of the earth – that because of mankind’s sins, he intends to flood the earth. He tells Noah to build an ark in order to save Noah’s family. Noah is also to bring a pair of animals of each species into the ark (Genesis 6:13–21).more
The textile depicts episode from the Book of Genesis and is one of a series of eight tapestries in the Sigismund collection dedicated to the figure of Noah. The Latin inscription in the upper border perfectly desribes the scene taking place below: “Noah walks with God. God reveals to Noah the future flood and commands him to build an ark for salvation”. God warns Noah – the only righteous inhabitant of the earth – that because of mankind’s sins, he intends to flood the earth. He tells Noah to build an ark in order to save Noah’s family. Noah is also to bring a pair of animals of each species into the ark (Genesis 6:13–21).
The compositional axis of the tapestry is defined by two monumental figures: God the Father wearing a pink and golden robe and a coat interwoven with gold, and Noah with his back turned to the viewer. Nothing in the idyllic landscape heralds the coming destruction. The interlocutors are in a shallow valley surrounded by a lush forest. Among realistically depicted plants one can recognise ferns, wild roses and dandelions.
The authorship of cartoons with figural scenes, which served as models for weavers, is attributed to Michiel Coxcie, a Flemish painter (c. 1499–1592). During his very long life he created frescoes and altar paintings, as well as tapestries. Henry VIII, the King of England, and Philip II, the ruler of Spain, were among those who commissioned his works.
An anonymous creator of designs of borders fringing the centre area acted under the influence of two Flemish artists: Cornelis Bos and Cornelis Floris. They both created graphics, in which they popularised a new type of ornament – grotesque. In our tapestry, on a decorative scaffolding, there are placed figures of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, and Neptune, the ruler of the seas, as well as numerous putti, fruit, bouquets of flowers and colourful birds. The entire fabric is bordered with a characteristic thin border of intertwined ribbons enriched with small flowers.
The tapestry God Conversing with Noah was commissioned by Sigismund Augustus probably around 1548. In any case, it is mentioned in a description of the wedding of the king and his third wife, Catherine of Austria, in July 1553.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland License.
 Translation from Latin into Polish cited in: Magdalena Piwocka, Arrasy Zygmunta Augusta [The Tapestries of Sigismund Augustus], Kraków 2007.