Honor from the series "The Honors"

Design attributed to Bernard van Orley Netherlandish

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The enthroned and bearded personification of Honor receives the victor's laurel crown from Virtue and Victory. Majesty and Respect sit like handmaidens at Honor's feet, and the most lauded rulers of history, each identified by name, flank his throne; below are ten virtuous women, plucked from mythology, the Bible and more recent apocryphal histories. The central scribe peruses the list of Honor's celebrants, whilst in the foreground an unruly mob of historical and literary protagonists beseige Honor's pavilion.

This tapestry was part of a seven-piece set presenting an allegorical guide to the qualities which a successful ruler should espouse. The set was made for Cardinal Erard de la Marck (1472–1538), Prince-Bishop of Liège, and loyal envoy and financial backer of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

Honor from the series "The Honors", Design attributed to Bernard van Orley (Netherlandish, Brussels ca. 1492–1541/42 Brussels) and workshop, with collaborators, Wool and silk (wefts); wool (warps): 6-7 warp threads per cm., Netherlandish, probably Brussels

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