• Tapestry: May. St-Germain. The King Riding with the Ladies of the Court

    Technique:
    tapestry
    Dimensions:
    368x303 cm

Tapestry: May. St-Germain. The King Riding with the Ladies of the Court

France, Late 17th - early 18th century

This is one of a series of tapestries known as The Months, or The Royal Households. The series was produced on the basis of cartoons made in 1666-69 from sketches by Charles Lebrun, President of the French Académie, "first artist to the king" and head of the Royal Manufactory from the time it was set up in 1667. The cartoons were produced by a group of artists, each of whom had a narrow specialization - the depiction of architecture, landscape, flowers, birds or animals. Each of the twelve tapestries in the series shows one of the royal residences, at each of which the court usually came to stay in a particular month of the year. Typical pastimes were depicted set against the background of these castles. At a time when tapestries were increasingly like paintings, Lebrun sought a decorative resolution in his design. He moved the main subject - the castle and the celebration taking place in front of it - into the background and surrounded it with an architectural portico and garlands. In the foreground he placed a balustrade with carpets, the figures of servants, exotic animals and birds. In front of the castle of St-Germain and the garden around it, Louis XIV is out riding along the banks of the River Seine with his wife and their suite. In the foreground is a carpet thrown strikingly across a balustrade, a servant with a silver platter in his hands and a gazelle jumping over the balustrade. The tapestries in the series were repeated many times on the orders of the king, and could also be commissioned by private individuals.

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Tapestry: May. St-Germain. The King Riding with the Ladies of the Court

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Technique:

tapestry

Dimensions:

368x303 cm

Acquisition date:

Handed over from the former Museum of the Decorative and Applied Arts (the Central School of Technical Drawing of Baron A. L. Shtieglitz)

Inventory Number:

Т-2953

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