There are several themes to tapestries. Landscapes, religious themes, exotic and mythical animals, and symbolisms abound in different tapestries. By far, however, the most popular theme in tapestries is reproductions of classical and contemporary artworks. They provide a wonderful way to bring home these well-known masterpieces.
Textile Art for Your Walls
Tapestries are a great alternative to buying painting replicas of well-known art pieces from famous artists. They are more resilient than regular painting replicas, and they are more sensually interesting, adding not just color but also texture to your wall decor. They require little maintenance, usually just an annual dusting. And even if you aren’t a fan of well-known masterpieces, there are a lot of other options to choose from.
Art of the Masters
If you are of the classical bent, then the art of the great masters is the way to go. If you want to bring home your experiences from Old World travels, or if you just want to give your home that classical taste, a tapestry reproducing a famous masterpiece is perfect. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is always a popular choice. If you want to combine classical art with current pop appeal, why not add Da Vinci’s Last Supper to your wall? Another familiar image found on a tapestry is that of Adam’s and God’s fingers reaching for each other in the Creation of Adam portion of Michelangelo’s breathtaking fresco on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Another good choice from the masters includes renditions of Raphael’s cherubs. Angels are a popular theme choice these days. Their images are uplifting and offer a spiritual connection. Other angel images from other artists include the angel in Fra. Angelico’s Annunciation and more recent artists like Sir Edward Burne-Jones’s Flageolet Angel and Tom duBois’ Angel of Light.
If you are a fan of certain art styles, add tapestries that bear images or reproductions of examples of that style. Impressionist art will not be complete without an example of Vincent Van Gogh’s work. If the color scheme fits it, get a reproduction of some still life paintings by Van Gogh; for example, Sunflowers. If realism is your taste, try getting something similar to Jean Louis Gericault’s work in Cavalier De La Garde Imperiale.
French poster art originally intended to advertise shows during the 19th century have gained their own cult following. Their styles are even emulated in some of today’s movie and theater posters. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s style of poster art is popular among fans of this art form. Two familiar, if not immediately named, posters made by Toulouse-Lautrec include Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant and Moulin Rouge: La Goulue. These are rendered very well in tapestry form.
There are a lot more artist and art style choices available in tapestry reproductions for the art lover. The choices are nearly unlimited: from famous to anonymous, from classical to contemporary. Whatever choice you make for your tapestry image, just choose one that appeals to you and fits in your home.