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Tapestry showing Don Quixote Guided by Folly, Setting Forth to be a Knight-Errant

Woven at the Gobelins tapestry manufactory, Paris, 1699 - present1780-1783

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, United States

The central scene of this tapestry follows the composition of one of the twenty-eight paintings Charles Coypel made of subjects from Miguel de Cervantes's novel Don Quixote. In this weaving, loosely based on part 1, chapter 8 of the book, Don Quixote is about to attack a windmill, which he sees as a threatening giant.

Details

  • Title: Tapestry showing Don Quixote Guided by Folly, Setting Forth to be a Knight-Errant
  • Date Created: 1780-1783
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 12 feet 2 inches x 11 feet 8 inches (370.8 x 355.6 cm)
  • Provenance: Gift of Mrs. Widener Dixon, 1945
  • Type: Textiles
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Wool and silk; woven on a low-warp loom
  • Workshop: In the workshop of Jacques Neilson, French (born England), 1714 - 1788
  • Manuscript/Series/Book Title: From the seventh series of "The Story of Don Quixote" woven 1762-87 at Gobelins tapestry manufactory
  • Manufacturer: Woven at the Gobelins tapestry manufactory, Paris, 1699 - present
  • After artist: Central composition after a 1716 painting by Charles Antoine Coypel, French (active Paris), 1694 - 1752

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