Pieter Van Aelst (1502-1550)

Flemish painter Pieter Van Aelst was a member of the Antwerp Guild of painters. In 1554, Van Aest established a studio in Brussels where he created tapestries, paintings and engraved works. Van Aelst is credited with educating the Low Countries in the styles of the Renaissance and away from the prevalent Late Gothic style.Van Aelst s arguably greatest achievement was bring the art of painting to the world of tapestry weaving. The zenith of his career came about when Pope Leo X commissioned Van Aelst to make a series of tapestries, featuring Biblical figures taken from earlier artwork. The Cherubim Tapestry was part of this series.

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