Designed by Laurent de La Hyre (1606–1656); Probably woven in the workshop of Hippolyte de Comans (active 1651–65) in the Faubourg Saint-Marcel, Paris, before 1662
Wool, silk, and silver-gilt thread
135.8 x 216.9 in. (345 x 551 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1920 (20.44.3)
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.