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  • Brussels tapestry.
    Brussels tapestry.
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  • Flemish tapestry.
    Flemish tapestry.
    by breughel
  • Fountain.
    Fountain.
    by breughel

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    Fountains spitting water every day ?

    by breughel Written Jan 26, 2013

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    Fountain.

    Favorite thing: If I was the king I would set up a foundation that would place pumps on all these dry fountains so that water would stream out of the sculptures every day, not at 17.30 h when day-tourists have left, but in the early afternoon. All that water would be recycled so that the fountains could play all the year.

    If I was the king I would have the sculptures repainted not in that aggressive red I saw but in a natural bronze imitating color i.e. a greenish dark brown.

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    Tapestry Collection of Spanish Crown.

    by breughel Updated Jan 21, 2013

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    Brussels tapestry.
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    Favorite thing: I discovered the richness of the tapestries made in Brussels and Flanders first by a visit to Le Louvre "The Hunts of Maximilian" (12 tapestries from Brussels) and the Flemish Tapestries at the Museum of the Middle Ages - Cluny in Paris, later by my travels in Spain.

    It's pleasant to see that my small country during a couple of centuries was not only exporting paintings but also wonderful tapestries to be found in very large numbers in Spain - put in line these Flemish and Brussels' tapestries would cover about 8 Km - but also in France, Italy, Austria even Poland (Krakow Wawel castle).
    That resulted also for me that from being a fan of paintings I became also a fan of tapestries. The "cartoon" model of the tapestry is made by painters.
    The problem with Spain for the amateur is that all these tapestries, many belonging to the Spanish Crown, are housed in the Royal Palaces particularly those of Madrid, El Escorial and El Pardo. Only part are on display. Others are in embassies, official buildings or churches, monasteries and museums.
    The basic problem displaying tapestries is that they are so large (often 3 x 4 m) therefore needing walls, walls and walls!

    My photos of tapestries are from works in the public domain and not in Spain.
    Brussels tapestry "Honours - Fortuna" 1523. Deleted by me.
    Brussels tapestry "Chasse de Maximilien" 1532
    Flemish tapestry "Grape Harvest" 1525

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