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Tapestry - The Triumph of Fame over Death

The Triumph of Fame over Death

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Brussels (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1507-1510 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry with wool warp and weft and a few silk wefts

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This tapestry is from a series of six based on the poem I Trionfi (The Triumphs), written by the Italian poet Petrach 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.

Physical description

Tapestry woven, with about 6 or 7 warp threads per cm.

Place of Origin

Brussels (made)


ca. 1507-1510 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tapestry with wool warp and weft and a few silk wefts


Height: 439 cm, Width: 821 cm, Weight: 73 kg

Object history note

purchased from E Lowengard, Paris.

Descriptive line

Tapestry, the Triumph of Fame over Death, Brussels, 1507-1510

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Thomas P Campbell, Henry VIII and the Art of Majesty : Tapestries at the Tudor court, Yale University Press, 2007, pp.149-155





Subjects depicted

Fame; Death


Textiles; Tapestry; Wall coverings


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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