Tapestry, "The return of Vasco da Gama"
  • Tapestry, "The return of Vasco da Gama"

    TitleTapestry, "The return of Vasco da Gama"
  • Technique/ MaterialWool, silk, gold thread
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x l) 391 x 549 cm
  • DatingMade 1500 - 1530
  • Artist/Maker Designed and made by: Jean Grenier
    Designed and made by: Arnould Poissonier, Flemish, dead 1522. Alternative attribution to
  • CategoryApplied art and design, Textiles
  • Inventory No.NMK 17/1918
  • AcquisitionGift 1918 by a consortium
    of a consortium
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1622 16th century
  • Description
    Images and media

    The tapestry is part of a precious tapestry suite – The journey to Calcutta, ordered by King Manuel I of Portugal in 1499 to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s (1460s–1524) discovery of the sea route between Europe and India. The journey 1497-1499 was an important event for trade. The tapestry depicts a pageant with giraffes, musicians, soldiers and noblewomen. The man to the right, with a beard and a spear, is probably Vasco da Gama.