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Flora and Zephyrus (from Set of Ovid's Metamorphoses)

Flora and Zephyrus (from Set of Ovid's Metamorphoses)

1704-1731

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manufacturer

Gobelins Manufactory

(France, Paris, est. 1662)

Tapestry weave

Overall: 324.5 x 295 cm (127 3/4 x 116 1/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Matthias Plum 1956.325.2

Location

Did you know?

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

Description

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.

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

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