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(France, Paris, est. 1662)
Overall: 324.5 x 295 cm (127 3/4 x 116 1/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Matthias Plum 1956.325.2
During the French Revolution, Gobelins tapestries were sometimes disassembled to harvest the gold threads.
In an abundant garden of trees and flowers, the goddess Flora sits beneath a vase of luscious flowers as her husband, the west wind Zephyrus, carried by a white cloud, reaches out to crown her with a floral chaplet. In this tapestry, Zephyrus’s wings resemble those of a butterfly or moth rather than a bird. The ravishing landscape echoes Flora and Zephyrus as springtime divinities. The parrot in the foreground is a colorful intermediary between the viewer and the gods represented in this tapestry.
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