Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object

Diana and her Nymphs

Artist:
After a painting by Laurent de La Hyre (French, Paris 1606–1656 Paris)
Maker:
Weaving workshop directed by Hippolyte de Comans (Faubourg Saint-Marcel, Paris, active 1651–65)
Date:
before 1662
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Wool, silk, silver-gilt thread (22-23 warps per inch, 8-9 per cm.)
Dimensions:
136 1/2 x 216 1/2 in. (346.7 x 549.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.44.3
Not on view
This tapestry depicts the goddess Diana bathing with her nymphs after the hunt (in classical legend, Diana was the goddess of the hunt). The scene takes place before the ruins of a classical temple, beyond which an idealized landscape stretches into the distance. The elaborate borders feature a frieze populated by classical deities between cartouches depicting the signs of the zodiac. The floral cartouches in the corners surround images of a phoenix, a bird of paradise, a dolphin, and a lion. The tapestry was one of at least six depicting scenes from classical mythology, after paintings by Laurent de la Hyre (the original painting for this scene is now in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California). A similar set of tapestries, with variant borders, is recorded in the collection of Louis XIV.
[ L. de M...sale, Galerie Georges Petit , Paris, June 16–19, 1919, no. 384; to J. Seligmann ] ; [ Jacques Seligmann , 1920; to MMA ]
Related Objects

The Virgin and Christ Child Served by Angels

Artist: Laurent de La Hyre (French, Paris 1606–1656 Paris) Date: 1640 Medium: Etching; first state of three (Robert-Dumesnil) Accession: 28.91.7 On view in:Not on view

Conversion of St. Paul

Artist: Laurent de La Hyre (French, Paris 1606–1656 Paris) Medium: Engraving Accession: 56.644.10 On view in:Not on view

Holy Family with Palm

Artist: Laurent de La Hyre (French, Paris 1606–1656 Paris) Date: 1639 Medium: Etching; second state of two (Robert-Dumesnil) Accession: 17.3.3003 On view in:Not on view

Raising of Lazarus

Artist: Attributed to Laurent de La Hyre (French, Paris 1606–1656 Paris) Date: 17th century Medium: Etching Accession: 53.600.293 On view in:Not on view

Narcissus

Artist: Laurent de La Hyre (French, Paris 1606–1656 Paris) Date: 17th century Medium: Etching Accession: 56.533.2 On view in:Not on view