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Tapestry room

The people carries gifts to king Salomon

The nine tapestries exhibited in the City Museum originally adorned the Town Hallís walls: we know about tapestries in the Consulsí residence since 1566. They do not belong neither to the same series, nor maybe to the same epoch. The most numerous and important ones tell the story of Semiramis, the mythic Assyrian queen who has always been exalted for her ruling qualities. The tapestries were mainly woven around 1660 in a famous manufacture in Antwerp directed by Michiel Wouters, who exported his products throughout Europe thanks to the Frorchoudts, a family of merchants from Vienna. The cardboard models might have been made by the painter Abraham van Diepenberk (1596-1675).