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 Conans and François de la Planche; warp undyed wool, 6½-7½ inds per cm., weft dyed wool and silk, silver and silver-gilt yarns, 24-40 ends per cm.

The Gifts, designed 1610–1617 (woven 1611–1622)

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This tapestry tells the story of a widowed queen who honors her deceased husband and is responsible for keeping the kingdom in good order until her young son comes of age and assumes the throne. One of her most pressing responsibilities is to see that the future king is properly educated. Here, the queen's respect and concrete appreciation for learning is seen as she rewards court scholars with special gifts.

From the Stories of Queen Artemisia series.

Details
Title
The Gifts
Artist Life
1540 - 1608
Role
Designer
Dimension
H.184-1/2 x W.150-3/4 in. (irregular)
Accession Number
48.13.4
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 Conans and François de la Planche; warp undyed wool, 6½-7½ inds per cm., weft dyed wool and silk, silver and silver-gilt yarns, 24-40 ends per cm.