Woven gold : tapestries of Louis XIV

Woven gold (J. Paul Getty Museum)

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  • Meticulously woven by hand with wool, silk, and gilt-metal thread, the tapestry collection of the Sun King,Louis XIV of France, represents the highest achievements of the art form. Intended to enhance the king’s reputation by visualizing his manifest glory and to promote the kingdom’s nascent mercantile economy,the royal collection of tapestries included antique and contemporary sets that followed the designs of the greatest artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including Raphael, Giulio Romano, Rubens, Vouet,and Le Brun. Ranging in date from about 1540 to 1715 and coming from weaving workshops across northern Europe, these remarkable works portray scenes from the bible, history, and mythology. As treasured textiles, the works were traditionally displayed in the royal palaces when the court was in residence and in public on special occasions and feast days. They are still little known, even in France, as they are mostly reserved for the decoration of elite state residences and ministerial offices.00Exhibition: Getty Center, Los Angeles, USA (15.12.2015-01.05.2016).


  • "This publication is issued on the occasion of an exhibition of fourteen examples from the tapestry collection of Louis XIV, held at the Getty Center from December 15, 2015, to May 1, 2016"--Provided by publisher.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 139-149) and index.


  • Louis XIV, Patron and Collector of Painting and Tapestry / Arnauld Brejon de Lavergnée -- The French Royal Collection of Tapestries at Its Zenith : Louis XIV as Heir, Collector, and Patron / Jean Vittet -- Louis XIV and Louis XV : Their Coronations and Their Tapestries, 1654 and 1722 / Pascal-François Bertrand -- Louis XIV as Collector / Charissa Bremer-David -- Louis XIV as Heir / Louis XIV as Patron / Charissa Bremer-David
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