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Set of Ovid's Metamorphoses

Set of Ovid's Metamorphoses

1704–31

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manufacturer

Gobelins Manufactory

(France, Paris, est. 1662)

Tapestry weave

Average: 327.7 x 322.6 cm (129 x 127 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Matthias Plum 1956.325

Location

Did you know?

During the French Revolution, Gobelins tapestries were sometimes disassembled to harvest the gold threads.

Description

Each tapestry illustrates a scene from Metamorphoses, written by the ancient Roman poet Ovid. The poem is comprised of fifteen books and contains more than 250 myths. These tapestries were produced in Paris by the royal Gobelins Manufactory during the 1700s. Gobelins was founded in 1662 for the purpose of furnishing French royal homes with the highest quality textiles. Gold and silver thread and silk were woven together to create luxurious tapestries like these.

See also
Collection: 
Textiles
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Tapestry

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