a piece from the Cycle of Tapestries woven for Marie de' Medici, The Stories of Queen Artemisia, based on an epic account by Nicolas Houel; woven in the Faubourg Saint-Marcel manufactory of Marc de Comaus and Frauçois de la Planche between 1611 and 1627; warp undyed wool, 7-8½ ends per cm., weft dyed wool and silk, 28-36 ends per cm.

Soldiers With Vases and a Litter, designed 1600–1606 (woven 1611–1627)

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This tapestry depicts a triumphal procession of victorious soldiers carrying the spoils of war. The tapestry is one of a set of eight tapestries which depict the stories of Queen Artemisia*. These tapestries were modeled after Catherine de'Medici who ruled France during the mid 16th century. During her rule France was embroiled in religious and economic turmoil. In an effort to demonstrate her own devotion to her husband and her ability to rule successfully, Catherine de'Medici adopted Queen Artemisia as her alter-ego, and in the late 16th century a set of tapestries were made to illustrate the story.

As in several of the other tapestries from this series, the coats of arms in France (lilies) and Navarre (crossed chains) have been included in the borders, as well as the initial L of Louis XIII.

Details
Title
Soldiers With Vases and a Litter
Artist Life
1756–1806
Role
Designer
Accession Number
48.13.2
Curator Approved

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a piece from the Cycle of Tapestries woven for Marie de' Medici, The Stories of Queen Artemisia, based on an epic account by Nicolas Houel; woven in the Faubourg Saint-Marcel manufactory of Marc de Comaus and Frauçois de la Planche between 1611 and 1627; warp undyed wool, 7-8½ ends per cm., weft dyed wool and silk, 28-36 ends per cm.