In 1545, Cosimo de ‘Medici founded a gobelin factory in Florence, employing skilled Flemish weavers for this purpose. Flemish masters of tapestries were famous then throughout Europe, and it is for this reason that the famous tapestries for the Sistine Chapel on the so-called “Raphael cartons” were woven not in Italy, but in Brussels.
For the ducal factory, Bronzino created a huge number of cardboards. One of the first in this series is “Justice, liberating Innocence.” Then followed a series of cardboards with scenes from the biblical story of Joseph.
There is an opinion
The tapestries are intact, and most of them remain in the Palazzo Vecchio. Several more are stored in Rome. Researchers agree that these twenty tapestries constitute the most significant ensemble in the decorative and applied art of the 16th century.