• Tapestry: The Spring

    Technique:
    tapestry
    Dimensions:
    368x303 cm

Tapestry: The Spring

France, 1684-1694

Cartoons for the tapestry series famous as The Child Gardeners were produced 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 series includes six tapestries. It was produced at the Gobelins Tapestry Manufactory seven times, the first two repetitions being immediately acquired in 1685 for Louis XIV on the orders of Colbert, Minister of Finances, as gifts to foreign envoys. The Hermitage tapestry, to judge by its rich border, is one of the three early repetitions. Along its sides run luxuriant garlands of flowers entwined with a blue ribbon and there are cartouches containing the royal monogram over a crown. The upper and lower borders are made up of royal lilies and acanthus leaves. In the centre of the upper part are the French royal arms with three lilies beneath a crown. At the bottom is a cartouche with the emblem of Louis XIV (known as le Roi Soleil, or the Sun King) - a sun over the earth - and the inscription Nec pluribus impar ("Generous to many"). The flowers which cover almost the whole surface are magnificently executed. Tiny transitions of rose, scarlet and crimson shades contrast with the deep green of the thick foliage, in which like small golden birds the child gardeners scurry around in their short tunics, picking and cutting flowers. One of them is carrying a basket of flowers to the castle we see in the distance.

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Tapestry: The Spring

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tapestry

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368x303 cm

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Т-15612

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