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Atlas and Fortuna as Patron Saints of the World
Hanging on the wall of the Deputy Chief of Mission’s residence in Vienna is this rare Flemish tapestry, Atlas and Fortuna as Patron Saints of the World. It bears a rare motif and preserved signature of the Brussels master, Jan Gheteels. The tapestry belongs to an important period before 1550, when Flemish weaving came under Italian influence. It displays the rich Renaissance figurative style associated with Michelangelo. Reweaving and repairs funded by FAPE brought the tapestry back to vibrant life.