Abundantia, from The Four Continents and Related Allegories

A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.
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  • A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.

Date:

c. 1680/1700

Artist:

After a cartoon by Lodewijk van Schoor (died 1702) and Pieter Spierinckx (1635–1711)
Woven at the workshop of Albert Auwercx (1629–1709)
Flanders, Brussels

About this artwork

In this tapestry, part of a Four Continents and Related Allegories set, Abundantia, a female personification of abundance, sits on a horn of plenty overflowing with fruit, surrounded by three female attendants, each representing a continent. The kneeling woman crowned with a circlet of blossoms, offering a basket of flowers and fruit, personifies Asia. The dark-skinned woman bearing a horn of plenty full of sheaves of grain represents Africa. The third attendant, who wears a feathered headdress and displays gold, silver, and pearls, can be identified as America. The attributes of all four figures are based on Cesare Ripa’s Iconologia (1593), and their depiction exemplifies the early style of their designer, Lodewijck van Schoor: they have elongated bodies, small heads, long noses, and broad arms and legs, and though they gesture dramatically, their poses are formulae repeated throughout the set.

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Artist

Lodewijk van Schoor

Title

Abundantia, from The Four Continents and Related Allegories

Origin

Brussels

Date

1670–1710

Medium

Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave

Dimensions

371.2 × 382.5 cm (146 1/8 × 150 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Benjamin E. Bensinger, III

Reference Number

1962.462

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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