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

Description

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.

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