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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1959.213
People
Unidentified Artist
Title
Mercury and Herse
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
tapestry
Date
second half 17th century
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Belgium, Oudenaarde
Culture
Flemish
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/214595
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Textile fibers
Dimensions
302.3 x 309.9 cm (119 x 122 in.)
Provenance
Abbott Lawrence Lowell, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1959
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of A. Lawrence Lowell
Accession Year
1959
Object Number
1959.213
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This tapestry belongs to a series dedicated to Ovid's Metamorphoses. The story tells how Mercury sees the three daughters of King Crecops as they return from the festival of Minerva, carrying baskets of flowers (Met. 2:708-832). He falls in love with the most beautiful one. The tapestry shows a landscape with the three sisters, dressed in ancient style dress. Mercury, placed in the clouds, points to the central one, presumably Herse. On the right is the temple of Minerva. The tapestry shows a similar composition (with slight variations) as Virgil Solis's woodcut for the Metamorphoses Ovidii of 1563. The tapestry has the same borders as 1595.213 (see 1959.213 description).
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