Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Sophronia's Defiance (from a set of Scenes from Gerusalemme Liberata)

Designer:
Designed by Domenico Paradisi (Italian, active 1689–1721)
Manufactory:
Manufactured by the San Michele workshop
Workshop director:
Pietro Ferloni (Italian, active 1717–70)
Date:
designed ca. 1689–93, woven 1732–39
Culture:
Italian, Rome
Medium:
Wool, silk (16-18 warps per inch, 7 per cm.)
Dimensions:
H. 148 x W. 126 inches (375.9 x 320 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Bequest of Elizabeth U. Coles, in memory of her son, William F. Coles, 1892
Accession Number:
92.1.16
Not on view
Signature: Woven on lower guard to right of center: P. FERLONI. F. ROMAE. A.D. MDCCXXXIX [Pietro Ferloni, made in Rome, 1739]

Inscription: Woven in cartouche at top center: C 2 / S 2 [for 21] / IO L'IMAGINE TOLSI. IO / SON COLEI / CHE TV RICERCHI, E ME PVNIR / TV DEI [trans.: Canto 2, stanza 21. I took the statue. I am the one thou seekest, and thou shouldest punish me] (Quotation from Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata)

Marking: Lower guard, right: weaver's mark, manufactory location and date
Commissioned for Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni (in 1740 inventory) ; Dukes of Hamilton ; possibly acquired in Italy by Alexander Hamilton, 10th Duke of Hamilton (ca. 1835–40) ; by descent to William Alexander Louis Stephen Douglas-Hamilton, 12th Duke of Hamilton (until 1882) ; [ Hamilton Palace sale, Christie's, London , June 17–July 20, 1882, nos. 1915 ff. ] ; Mr. and Mrs. William F. Coles (until 1892; bequeathed by Mrs. Coles to MMA)
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