Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Tapestry representing the element of earth Cybele and Ceres seated on a chariot drawn by lions; Ceres holds a shield with the emblem of Louis XIV, from Tapisseries du Roy ou sont representéz les Quatre Elemens, plate 11

Series/Portfolio:
Tapisseries du Roy ou sont representéz les Quatre Elemens
Artist:
Sébastien Leclerc I (French, Metz 1637–1714 Paris)
Artist:
After Charles Le Brun (French, Paris 1619–1690 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1683
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
Sheet: 14 5/16 × 20 11/16 in. (36.3 × 52.5 cm)
Classifications:
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1963
Accession Number:
63.558.33
Not on view
This print is part of a series of twelve plates depicting tapestries for the Louis XIV designed by Charles le Brun depicting the four elements.
Inscription: At upper left: CÆLESIES SE QVITVR MOTVS
At upper right: RECTA SE TOLLIT IN ALTVM.
At lower left: ET REGIT ET SERVAT.
At lower right: QVIS HVNC IMPVNE LACESSET.
At bottom center: LVDOVICVS XIIII. TERRÆ FRVGVM ET OPVM CVRATOR / PRVDENS AC MVNIFICVS, FAME IN GALLIIS SÆVIENTE, / POPVLOS FRVMENTARIA LARGITONE RECREAVIT; / ET DVMKERKAM SE SACRIS SOLICITAM, INGENTI / AVROO, IN PRISTINAM VINDICAVIT LIBERTATEM.

Marking: On verso at left center: The Metropolitan Museum of Art stamp
Vendor: Rockman Prints (New York)
Préaud, Bibliothèque Nationale vol. IX.72.1591
Related Objects

Alexander Entering Babylon

Artist: Sébastien Leclerc I (French, Metz 1637–1714 Paris) Date: n.d. Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash over red chalk. Several corrections on separate pieces of paper, pasted onto original sheet. Accession: 61.130.3 On view in:Not on view

Tapestry representing the element of water depicting Neptune and Thetis on a chariot drawn by sea horses, from Tapisseries du Roy ou sont representéz les Quatre Elemens, plate 13

Artist: Sébastien Leclerc I (French, Metz 1637–1714 Paris) Date: ca. 1683 Medium: Etching; first state of two (Préaud) Accession: 63.558.34 On view in:Not on view

Louis XIV Visiting the Royal Academy of Sciences

Artist: Sébastien Leclerc I (French, Metz 1637–1714 Paris) Date: 1671 Medium: Etching Accession: 62.598.180 On view in:Not on view

Book Cover (Two Flower Vases)

Artist: Sébastien Leclerc I (French, Metz 1637–1714 Paris) Date: 1656 Medium: Etching; second state of two Accession: 60.622.3 On view in:Not on view