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'The Triumph of Fortitude'

Flemish (Brussels)

Wool and silk, 411 x 533cm

Walker Art Gallery's 'Triumph of Fortitude' is a large tapestry, more than four metres by five metres, with a rich and complex design. The characters and symbolism contained within the tapestry would have been familiar to its 'educated' 16th century audience. They would have been able to read it almost as we read a book.

Download the pdf below to find out about what they saw and understood as they admired its wealth of detail.

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This feature was researched and written during a work placement at Walker Art Gallery by Susan Berry and Claire Wintle, two students on the Art Gallery & Museum Studies MA course at the University of Manchester.