The Tree of Life: 17th century

the tree of life british the met
The Tree of Life,  first half 17th century, British, Canvas worked with silk thread; tent, Gobelin, and couching stitches, Dimensions: H. 22 1/2 x W. 24 1/8 inches (57.2 x 61.3 cm); Classification: Textiles-Embroidered, Credit Line: Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964, Source: TheMet, Link: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/229006

 

“This association with the Tree of Life

in Revelations is reinforced by the curling grape vine wrapped

around the trunk of the tree, which is symbolic of the

Passion of Christ and the promise of eternal life.”

 

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The Tree of Life,  first half 17th century, British, Canvas worked with silk thread; tent, Gobelin, and couching stitches, Dimensions: H. 22 1/2 x W. 24 1/8 inches (57.2 x 61.3 cm);Classification: Textiles-Embroidered, Credit Line: Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964, Source: TheMet, Link: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/229006, detail

 

This unique image of a miraculous tree bearing multiple species of fruits and vegetables can be identified as the biblical Tree of Life. A multi-fruiting tree is described in the Book of Revelations; a tree that grows in the celestial City of God bearing twelve types of fruit that ripen during every month of the year. This association with the Tree of Life in Revelations is reinforced by the curling grape vine wrapped around the trunk of the tree, which is symbolic of the Passion of Christ and the promise of eternal life.The addition of numerous animals and the presence of both the sun and the moon also refer to the abundance of the Garden of Eden in the Book of Genesis.  TheMet

 

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Details

  • ‘The Tree of Life’
  • Date: first half 17th century
  • Culture: British
  • Medium: Canvas worked with silk thread; tent, Gobelin, and couching stitches
  • Dimensions: H. 22 1/2 x W. 24 1/8 inches (57.2 x 61.3 cm);
    Framed dim.: H. 25 1/2 x W. 27 1/4 x D. 2 1/4 inches (64.8 x 69.2. x 5.7 cm)
  • Classification: Textiles-Embroidered
  • Credit Line: Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
  • Source: TheMet
  • Link: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/229006

Timelines

(this item is on page 198-199)

Thanks for Visiting! 🙂

~Sunnyside

10 Comments Add yours

  1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Well I’ve learned something. I never thought of it before, but yes, even sewing, embroidery and fabrics can be art.

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  2. Bryan Fagan says:

    Fascinating. Thank you for doing this.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m happy you like this one, Bryan. Thanks for visiting! 😊

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  3. simplywendi says:

    I am a sucker for natural colors……….this is beautiful!

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    1. They chose perfect colors for a Tree of Life, didn’t they? It echoes the earth’s beauty with a simple color palette that is warm and inviting. Thanks for visiting, Wendi! 😊

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      1. simplywendi says:

        Yes, they really did and as I mentioned I prefer Earth tone colors, as for me, it brings a sense of calm and relaxation. Bless you!

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  4. This is so beautiful.

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