Tapestry: Sancho's Cowardice during the Hunt, from The Story of Don Quixote Series


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

In an episode from the story of Don Quixote, based on the enormously popular romance novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the armored knight Don Quixote leads a hunt for wild boar while his terrified companion, Sancho, climbs a tree trunk to the left. All four of the Getty Museum's Don Quixote tapestries feature a surrounding decoration known as the alentours. This elaborate frame represents a damask wall covering festooned with thick garlands of fruit and flowers. The picture frame rests on a base piled with armor, an axe, flags, and two cornucopia spilling fruit. The tapestry's title is woven in yellow thread at the bottom. This tapestry was woven at Gobelins under the direction of Michel Audran and his son Jean Audran fils. The alentours were designed by Claude Audran III, Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay fils, Alexandre-François Desportes, and Valande.


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