Pastrana Tapestries of Alfonso V's invasion of Africa - late 15th Century

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Pastrana Tapestries of Alfonso V of Portugal - late 15th Century
In the late 1400s a set of four tapestries was created to commemorate the exploits of Alfonso V (1432 – 1481), king of Portugal, in North Africa. Probably commissioned by the king himself, the tapestries were woven on a monumental scale by Flemish weavers in Tournai, Belgium. They have been the property of the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Pastrana, Spain, since the seventeenth century. The tapestries represent Alfonso’s campaigns in Morocco where his troops won major victories in 1471 at the coastal cities of Asilah and Tangier, strategically located near the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. Narrative scenes of heroic deeds were a popular subject for tapestries of the time, but most depict events taken from mythology or ancient and biblical history. The Pastrana Tapestries are highly unusual for their portrayal of contemporary events.

Pastrana Tapestries - Portuguese Landing at Asilah
Portuguese Landing at Asilah, The Portuguese Fleet off the Coast of Morocco
Portuguese Landing at Asilah, Alfonso V and his son João, mounted
Portuguese Landing at Asilah, Alfonso V and his son João on foot
Portuguese Landing at Asilah, Moroccans Prepare to Defend
Pastrana Tapestries - Portuguese Siege of Asilah
Portuguese Siege of Asilah, The Bombardment
Portuguese Siege of Asilah, Detail of bombard
Portuguese Siege of Asilah, Large detail of bombard
Portuguese Siege of Asilah, King Alfonso V on Horseback
Pastrana Tapestries - Portuguese Assault on Asilah
Portuguese Assault on Asilah, Prince João on Horseback
Portuguese Assault on Asilah, King Alfonso V on Horseback
Portuguese Assault on Asilah, Detail of King Alfonso V on Horseback
Pastrana Tapestries - Portuguese Conquest of Tangier
Portuguese Conquest of Tangier, The Portuguese Commander
Portuguese Conquest of Tangier, The Portuguese Army
Portuguese Conquest of Tangier, The Portuguese Banner is Planted on the Gatehouse
Portuguese Conquest of Tangier, The Defeated Inhabitants Leave
Portuguese Conquest of Tangier, Detail of the Defeated Inhabitants


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Pastrana Tapestries of Alfonso V of Portugal - late 15th Century

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Awsome thread. The Pastrana Tapestries are so incredibly intricate and tightly packed with figures that you can actually analyse in detail several aspects of the time like arms, armour, clothing and other little details. Some of them are actually already using firearms.
A picture of their size:
 
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