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Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom

Lebanese–American artist and writer. Daughter of a Greek Christian mother and a Syrian Muslim father, she was educated in Lebanon and at universities in France and the United States. For many years she taught the philosophy of art at Dominican College, San Rafael, CA. She also lectured and taught at many other colleges and universities until her retirement in the late 1970s. Also a novelist and poet, she combined Arabic calligraphy with modern language in her drawings, paintings, ceramics and tapestries. She explored the relationship between word and image in over 200 “artist books,” in which she transcribed in her own hand Arabic poetry from a variety of sources....

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Italian, 15th century, male.

Born 1418, in Florence; died before 1498, in Perugia.

Sculptor, architect. Religious subjects.

Florentine School, Perugian School.

The son of the weaver Antonio di Duccio, Agostino d'Antonio di Duccio produced works in marble and terracotta of the Della Robbia type. His earliest known works are four low reliefs in Modena Cathedral. While living in Florence in ...

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Covering for the front of an Altar, typically made of rich fabric and highly decorated.

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Gordon Campbell

American interior decorator and founder of the first tapestry factory in the USA. He worked for Herter Brothers (see Herter, Christian) on the decoration of a series of grand houses, notably William H. Vanderbilt’s house on Fifth Avenue, New York, and William Welsh Harrison’s Grey Towers Castle (now part of Arcadia University) in Philadelphia. When the Vanderbilt house was completed in ...

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French, 20th century, female.

Born 19 November 1889, in Verdun; died 25 June 1972.

Painter, draughtswoman, humorist artist, watercolourist, illustrator, designer. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, genre scenes. Church decoration, furniture, frescoes, designs for tapestry, posters, costumes.

The third child of Edouard Branly, a doctor, Elisabeth Branly trained with Claire Chevalet, as well as with Jacques Cancaret at the Académie Julian until ...

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Helmut Börsch-Supan

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South African, 20th–21st century, male.

Active in France.

Born 11 August 1962, in Johannesburg.

Printmaker, choreographer, performance artist. Identity politics.

Living Art.

Steven Cohen was the first South African artist under apartheid to create confrontational performance art engaging with sexual and cultural identity. He began his career in the 1980s, while conscripted into the South African army, when he went absent without leave and learnt how to screenprint at Cape Town’s Ruth Prowse School of Art....

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Flemish School, 18th century, female.

Born 29 August 1690, in Bruges; died 14 September 1747.

Painter, embroiderer. Religious subjects, landscapes.

Anna Louise de Deyster copied the works of her father Lodewyk so skilfully that her copies cannot be distinguished from the originals. She wrote a biography of her father. A landscape artist, she also painted churches, did embrodery work and was a musician....

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Gordon Campbell

Motif often fround on Islamic carpets, consisting of repeated octagons arranged in rows.

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Amy Widmayer

British fashion designer, active also in France. Half renegade, half romantic, as a designer for Christian Dior, Galliano deftly captured Dior’s essence, creating excessively elegant garments for the modern, youthful woman unafraid of breaking fashion rules (see fig.). Known for his extravagant catwalk shows, over-the-top couture collections and knack for blending street- and high fashion, Galliano’s outrageous adaptations of iconic Dior silhouettes, master tailoring skills and penchant for theatrics, combined with a keen business sense, have earned him the distinction of being one of the most influential designers of his generation....

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German, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 22 May 1869, in Wachbach bei Mergentheim; died 1926, in Dresden.

Painter, draughtsman. Religious subjects. Murals, designs (furniture, fabrics, carpets).

Jugendstil.

Otto Gussmann first attended classes at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Stuttgart, then at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin under Max Koch. After this, he entered the academy in Berlin, where he was supervised by Josef Scheurenberg. In ...

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Milo Cleveland Beach

American dealer of Indian birth. Following the decline of the family textile business, his father, Munchersa Heeramaneck, became an antiquities dealer and shrewdly developed a speciality in Chinese ceramics. As a youth, Nasli was assigned to the New Delhi office, but in 1922 he was sent to Paris to study and open a branch. He soon moved to New York, which became the final location for ...

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Kilim  

Flat-woven covering or hanging, usually a weft-faced tapestry-woven rug, produced in the Islamic lands of western Central Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans and North Africa. These non-pile fabrics are often divided into groups known by such terms as jijim (cicim, djidjim, jimjim), ...

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Helmut Börsch-Supan

German family of artists. Christian Wilhelm Kolbe (c. 1715–1800) lived in Berlin where he made embroideries worked in gold thread; his brother Johann Diederich Kolbe (d 1786) was a goldsmith. Christian Wilhelm’s wife came from a Huguenot family, and their two sons ...

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German, 19th century, male.

Born 7 March 1781, in Berlin; died 8 April 1853, in Berlin.

Painter, fresco artist. Religious subjects, genre scenes. Designs for stained glass.

Kolbe was the son of a gold embroiderer and a relation of his namesake Carl Wilhelm the Elder. As with the latter, it was on the advice of Chodowiecki that he pursued an artistic career and became one of his students at the academy. In ...

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Active in France, from 1946 in Brazil.

Born 30 April 1904, in Petrograd (now St Petersburg).

Painter. Portraits, figures, landscapes, winter landscapes. Murals, stage sets, designs for fabrics, church decoration.

Vladimir Krivutz studied at the School of Fine Art in Petrograd (now St Petersburg) under Sergei Sudeikin and Leon Bakst, and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He worked in Paris until the mid 1940s. As a painter, his preferred subjects were rainy and snowy scenes, and destitution and needy children....

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French, 17th century, male.

Died 1655, in Paris.

Painter, engraver (etching), embroiderer. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects.

Nicolas de La Fage is mentioned in 1648 as 'embroiderer and ordinary painter to the king'. He produced etchings, which include: Mary with the Child; the same subject after A. Carracci; the same subject with the arms of Navarre and the arms of France and those of Anne of Austria (probably to mark the occasion of the birth of Louis XIV); ...

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Esin Atil

Ottoman illuminator. The greatest student of Şahkulu, Kara Memi developed a new naturalistic style that quickly spread to other court arts including textiles, rugs, ceramics and tiles and survived for many centuries. He is one of the few artists employed in the imperial Ottoman painting studio under Süleyman (...

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Active in Florence.

Painter. Church decoration, tapestry designs.

Giuseppe Moriani was a pupil of A. Giusti. From 1729, he was a painter at the Manufacture Royale des Gobelins, the famous Parisian tapestry firm.