Caesar Embarks by Boat to Join His Army from The Story of Caesar and Cleopatra

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

Artist:

After a design by Justus van Egmont (1601–1674)
Woven at the workshop of Gerard Peemans (1637/39–1725)
Flanders, Brussels

About this artwork

These hangings display all the characteristics of the Flemish High Baroque: monumental figures, dramatic gestures, expressive faces, and minimal backgrounds. The story of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar was a popular subject for tapestry by the time these works were woven in the 17th century. This hanging shows a moment during the Egyptian Civil war. Following a failed attempt upon their l ives, Caeser and Cleopatra find themselves besieged by opposing Egyptian armies. Here noatman strain to convey a laurel-crowned Caesar to join his army. The water birds in the sky and the reeds at right convey the setting of the Nile.

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Artist

Geraert Peemans

Title

Caesar Embarks by Boat to Join His Army from The Story of Caesar and Cleopatra

Origin

Flanders

Date

1675–1685

Medium

Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave

Dimensions

381.7 × 366.3 cm (150 1/4 × 144 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Chauncey McCormick and Mrs. Richard Ely Danielson

Reference Number

1944.19

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