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The Sun King’s Tapestries

Sun King's Tapestries Getty Museum

The Chariot of Triumph Drawn by Four Piebald Horses (also known as The Golden Chariot), about 1606 – 1607. Image © Le Mobilier National. Photo by Lawrence Perquis

‘Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV’ at the J. Paul Getty Museum (until 1 May 2016) in Los Angeles is the first major museum exhibition of tapestries on the West Coast in four decades. Taking place 300 years after the death of Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’, Woven Gold features extensive and unprecedented loans from the Mobilier National in Paris, the modern home of most of the French monarch’s holdings. The tapestries, ranging in date from 1540 to 1715, were woven after designs by Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens and Charles Le Brun, and the exhibits include preparatory drawings, related prints as well as a large-scale cartoon. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, authored by curator Charissa Bremer-David et al., presenting the latest scholarship in English for the very first time.

Sun King's Tapestries Getty Museum

Constantius [I] Appoints Constantine as his Successor, about 1625 -1627. Design by Paul Peter Rubens, woven under the direction of entrepreneurs Marc de Comans (Flemish, 1563 – 1644) and François de La Planche (Flemish, 1573 – 1627). Image © Le Mobilier National. Photo by Lawrence Perquis

Sun King's Tapestries Getty Museum

Neptune and Cupid Plead with Vulcan for the Release of Venus and Mars, about 1625 – 1636. Mortlake Tapestry Works. Image © Le Mobilier National. Photo by Lawrence Perquis

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