17th Century French Tapestry from Greek Mythology
This tapestry from the 1600’s has a scene taken from Greek Mythology. That the tapestry still exists is quite unbelievable, given the wars where many tapestries were burned for the gold and silver threads. Other factors such as the climate in damp castles and chateaux and most likely, its many moves from place to place contributed to the need for old repairs throughout the ages.
Some fragments have been slipped in which are not perfect to the area’s scene, but, were perhaps part of the rest of this tapestry which was too damaged to use. Most tapestries of that time were quite massive and only later, were parts or fragments of the tapestry made into smaller ones. The tapestry weavers who wove the faces, hands, feet and bodies of the people in tapestries were at the top in terms of skills. This weaver was superb in the depiction of all of the people. Note the delicacy of the woman’s hands in the tapestry. Given that the weaving was done from the back of the scene, it is amazing any of the parts of the tapestry were in the correct place. This beautiful tapestry has kept three of its borders, while the fourth on the bottom is from another tapestry.
For those who appreciate the truly old and beautiful without requiring perfect condition will cherish this 300 year old textile. Researching the mythology behind this great scene will be an exciting learning process.
CONDITION: Old restorations, segment seperations, fragments added in areas. Some fraying. Please inspect photos.
H=106, W=89 5/8
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