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Winter, from The Seasons

Large tapestry, god and goddess on cloud in forest, surrounded by numerous objects.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • Large tapestry, god and goddess on cloud in forest, surrounded by numerous objects.




After a design by Charles Le Brun (French, 1619–1690)
Woven at the workshop of Étienne Le Blond (French, 1652–1727) and Jean de La Croix (French, 1628–1712) at the Manufacture Royale des Gobelins
France, Paris

About this artwork

Winter presents Saturn (the god of agriculture and time) and Juventas (the cupbearer to the gods on Mount Olympus) on a large cloud. The musical instruments and the mask at Juventas’s feet allude to ballet performances and masked balls—the favored pastimes of the French court—while Saturn holds a floral wreath that features a ballet scene. In the foreground, a variety of winter vegetables are visible, along with a cage, nets, a gun, and game of various kinds: the results of a successful hunt. The buildings in the background on the right of the tapestry are identifiable as the Palais du Louvre in Paris. The border imitates a gilt wood frame and contains shell garlands above and below cartouches that feature interlocking Ls surmounted by a crown, a cipher of French king Louis XIV (r. 1643–1715). The tapestry is from a series based on the Four Seasons (Autumn is also in the Art Institute’s collection), after a design by Charles Le Brun, who was appointed director of the Gobelins Manufactory in 1663.


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Charles Le Brun (Designer)


Winter, from The Seasons


Paris (Object made in)

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Made 1700–1720


Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave


540.1 × 384.9 cm (212 5/8 × 151 1/2 in.)

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Gift of the Hearst Foundation in memory of William Randolph Hearst

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