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The Diversion of the Euphrates, from The Story of Cyrus

A work made of wool and silk, slit and single interlocking tapestry weave.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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

Date:

c. 1670

Artist:

Adapted from designs by Michiel Coxie (1499–1592)
Woven at the workshop of Gillis Ydens
Flanders, Brussels

About this artwork

The Latin inscriptions in the center of the upper border of this and the neighboring tapestry make clear that they illustrate the story of Cyrus the Great, ruler of the Medes and the Persians. Here he oversees the laborious work of diverting the Euphrates River, a tactic that would permit his troops to approach the city of Babylon and conquer it. These tapestries were woven from cartoons that adapted designs by the 16th-century court artist Michiel Coxie. Their rich borders, filled with garlands and putti as well as military trophies, are in a later Baroque style, while the poses of the ruler and his advisors take on a somewhat stereotypical aspect.

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Artist

Michiel Coxcie, I

Title

The Diversion of the Euphrates, from The Story of Cyrus

Origin

Flanders

Date

Made 1660–1680

Medium

Wool and silk, slit and single interlocking tapestry weave

Dimensions

325.4 × 404.8 cm (128 1/8 × 159 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Honoré Palmer

Reference Number

1938.1311

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