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The Triumph of Fame over Death

Tapestry
ca. 1507-1510 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This tapestry is from a series of six based on the poem I Trionfi (The Triumphs), written by the Italian poet Petrarch between 1352 and 1374. The poem described a series of allegorical visions, and this scene represents the Triumph of Fame over Death. It shows a number of legendary heroes and mortals rising from their graves, including Paris, Tristram and Charlemagne.

The Humanist theme, secular yet improving, was popular in King Henry VIII's court, and used as the subject for many types of decorative art as well as tapestries.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Tapestry with wool warp and weft and a few silk wefts
Brief Description
Tapestry, the Triumph of Fame over Death, Brussels, 1507-1510
Physical Description
Tapestry woven, with about 6 or 7 warp threads per cm.
Dimensions
  • Height: 439cm
  • Width: 821cm
  • Weight: 73kg
  • Top edge width: 8150mm
  • Bottom edge width: 8070mm
  • Proper right length: 4470mm
  • Proper left length: 4445mm
taken from published catalogue. Weight including roller
Object history
purchased from E Lowengard, Paris.
Subjects depicted
Literary ReferencePetrarch, <i>I Trionfi</i>
Summary
This tapestry is from a series of six based on the poem I Trionfi (The Triumphs), written by the Italian poet Petrarch between 1352 and 1374. The poem described a series of allegorical visions, and this scene represents the Triumph of Fame over Death. It shows a number of legendary heroes and mortals rising from their graves, including Paris, Tristram and Charlemagne.



The Humanist theme, secular yet improving, was popular in King Henry VIII's court, and used as the subject for many types of decorative art as well as tapestries.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
Thomas P Campbell, Henry VIII and the Art of Majesty: Tapestries at the Tudor court, Yale University Press, 2007, pp.149-155 Thomas Campbell, The Art and Splendour of Henry VIII's Tapestry Collection, in: The inventory of King Henry VIII. Volume II, Textiles and dress,eds. Maria Hayward, Philip Ward and David Starkey, Harvey Miller Publishers for the Society of Antiquaries of London, London 2012, pp. 9 - 65, 25 - 26, illustrated with three images.
Collection
Accession Number
439-1883

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record createdNovember 24, 2008
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