Tapestry: Perseus and Andromeda by Francis Cleyn

This tapestry depicts the mythological story of Perseus and Andromeda.

Details

Medium:
Metal thread, silk, wool
Dimensions:
305 x 323 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £20,790)
Acquired in:
1990
Vendor:
Sotheby's

Andromeda, seen here chained to a rock in the background as a sacrifice to a sea monster, was rescued by Perseus, on his winged horse Pegasus. The tapestry is the only known survivor of a set of six pieces woven at the Mortlake tapestry manufactory in London between 1635 and 1642. The series illustrated scenes from the Metamorphoses by the Roman poet Ovid, but was referred to as 'The Horses' in the 17th century, as each tapestry featured a figure on horseback.

Provenance

James R.Herbert Boon Collection.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk

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