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The Triumph of Time over Fame

Date:
ca. 1500–1530
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Wool warp; wool and silk wefts
Dimensions:
Overall: 150 1/4 x 148 1/4 in. (381.6 x 376.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Bequest of George D. Pratt, 1935
Accession Number:
41.167.1
Not on view
Inscription: [on banderoles across top, two lines at left]:
LE TEMPS ESMEU APRES NOISES DEBAS.
VIEL ET CASSE SANS CRAINDRE AUCUN PORT DARMES.

[on banderole at right, two lines]:
ARENOMMEE A FAIRE PLUSIEURS A LARMES.
ET DU PLUS HAULT IL LA REMISE AU BAS.

[below figure of Fame]: RENOMEE

[across man's coat]: MATHUSALE

[between two men behind cart]: NOE

[to right above his shoulder]: NESTOR

[on Time's cloak, at the knee]: LE TEMPS
Baron d'Ezpleta, château de Septmonts, Aisne, France; P. W. French & Co., New York (by 1918); George D. Pratt, Glen Cove, NY (before 1928–1935)
Siple, Ella S. "French Gothic Tapestries of about 1500." The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs 53, no. 306 (September 1928). p. 145.

Ostoia, Vera K. The Middle Ages: Treasures from the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969. no. 117, pp. 246-248, 262.

Cavallo, Adolfo S. Medieval Tapestries in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 33, pp. 463-478, fig. 145-153.



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