Woven at Aubusson (Manufacture Royale, est. 1665: Manufacture, ca. 1812–present day). Fantastic Landscape, ca. 1725. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1911 (11.175.17) | Entitled "Fantastic Landscape," this piece reveals the picturesque sorts of vignettes of new and exciting places imagined by European artists who had likely traveled outside of Europe.
Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins (French, established 1662). Tapestry (armorial hanging), late 17th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Thomas Emery, 1954 (54.149) | This tapestry (referred to as an 'armorial' tapestry because it depicts a coat of arms) depicts many symbols associated with French King Louis XIV: fleur-de-lis, a sun, a crown, and the letter "L" with a crown. #tapestrytuesday
Jean Jacques François Le Barbier (French, 1738–1826). America from a set of The Four Continents. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Claus von Bülow Gift, 1978 (1978.404.1) | Commissioned by Louis XVI, this piece belongs to a set of four wall hangings and fifty-six pieces of furniture upholstery depicting the four continents: America (shown here), Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Possibly after a design by the workshop of Bernard van Orley (Netherlandish, ca. 1492–1541/42). August from a set of the Twelve Months, ca. 1525–28. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Helen C. Juilliard, 1916 (19.172.1) | You can almost feel the hot wind that blows over the peasants depicted in this tapestry's representation of the month of August.
Guy Louis Vernansal the Elder (French, 1648–1729). The Audience of the Emperor from the series The Story of the Emperor of China, designed ca. 1685–90, woven ca. 1685–1740. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1948 (48.71) | This whimsical tapestry reflects a17th-century, French depiction of the everyday life of a Chinese Emperor and his Empress.
François Boucher (French, 1703–1770). The Charlatan and the Peep Show from a set of the Italian Village Scenes, designed 1734–36, woven in 1762. French, Beauvais. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mary Ann Robertson, 1964 (64.145.1) | This design depicts the carefree, chaotic pleasure of dubious pastimes.
Design attributed to Giovanni Battista Lodi da Cremona (Italian, active 1540–52). The Bridal Chamber of Herse, from a set of eight tapestries depicting the Story of Mercury and Herse. ca. 1550, Flemish, Brussels. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.135)
Hunting of Birds with a Hawk and a Bow (from the Hunting Parks Tapestries), ca. 1515–35. South Netherlandish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.228) | This tapestry, with its rich colors, is packed with incidental details of animals, hunters, and shepherds. From a larger set of scenes that unfold within a hunting park, the main subject of this tapestry is bird hunting.
Tapestry designed 1684-86 by Jean Lemoine de Lorrain (1638–1713). Sofa, 1687–91 tapestry coveres; modern frame. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.783a–e) | Tapestries can almost envelope the body in fantasy when they are used as upholstery. This sofa belonged to Louis XIV; its upholstery is made from the borders of what was a larger tapestry.