About this artwork
This tapestry depicts peasants and townspeople leading an ox to be butchered for a feast in celebration of Shrove Tuesday (also known as Fat Tuesday), the last day before the start of Lent. A barmaid distributes refreshments outside a tavern named the Sign of the Cross, musicians lead the procession, and people skate and sled on the frozen ice, giving the scene a general atmosphere of revelry and mirth. Genre scenes of rural life were a popular theme for tapestries in 18th-century Europe, emphasizing the rustic charm of country living.
Currently Off View
- Workshop of Daniel IV Leyniers
- Procession of the Fat Ox from a Teniers Series
- Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave
- 388.94 × 336.55 cm (153 1/8 × 132 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Charles Zadok