Autumn, from The Seasons

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:

1700/20

Artist:

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

About this artwork

Autumn belongs to the eight-piece series entitled The Seasons. Designed by Charles Le Brun, First Painter to Louis XIV of France, half of the compositions present two deities associated with a particular season holding a wreath encircling an activity typical of that time of year, with a different royal building visible in the background. In this design, Diana and Bacchus float on a cloud, holding a floral wreath featuring a stag hunt. Diana, the goddess of the hunt, is identifiable by the bow, arrow, spear, and horn at her feet, and is an appropriate presence in this depiction of the hunting season. Bacchus is the god of wine, which explains his presence in a representation of autumn, the time of the grape harvest. Grapes and other fruits and vegetables associated with fall can be seen in the foreground. The castle in the background is the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a royal retreat just outside Paris.

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Artist

Charles Le Brun

Title

Autumn, from The Seasons

Origin

Paris

Date

1700–1720

Medium

Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave

Dimensions

530.3 x 380.8 cm (208 3/4 x 150 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Hearst Foundation in memory of William Randolph Hearst

Reference Number

1954.260

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