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Old November 16th, 2011, 06:37 PM   #1
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Default Goose walk rugs

On several fifteen century paintings, windowsills are decorated with small, roughly knotted rugs, featuring a single walking bird. Is it a goose, a swan or a crane? Difficult to tell since we can see only the lower part of the bird.

For sure there is nothing obviously "islamic" in the rug pattern and an attribution to Italian weavers is rather credible. (Other simplified small rugs with stricly geometric patterns will we discussed in the next essay).

Was the bird inspired by the coat of arm of an Italian city-state or of a local ruler? Or was it a religious symbol perhaps related with a local saint?

(A. di Giovanni, 1440-1460, Cassone panel., National Gallery)

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