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Tapestry - The Stoning of St. Stephen

The Stoning of St. Stephen

  • Object:

    Tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (woven)

  • Date:

    1653-1661 (woven)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lefebvre, Jean-Louis (weaver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven wool and silk

  • Museum number:

    T.370-1977

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Tapestry of woven wool and silk from the cartoon of Raphael. Saint Stephen, in a robe of red and yellow, kneels looking to the left with a vision above. Saul, in a blue robe and green cloak, is minding the clothes of a group of men throwing stones at the right. This is in reverse of the original tapestry. Green, yellow, pink, red and blue drapery.

The border, of stone caryatids and swags of fruit in colours of bronze and pedestals resting on grotesque heads in sharp yellows, is in a dark blue surround with a narrow red edge.

At the centre top, in a cartouche flanked by two golden cherubs heads, are the arms of Cardinal Mazarin.

Place of Origin

Paris (woven)

Date

1653-1661 (woven)

Artist/maker

Lefebvre, Jean-Louis (weaver)

Materials and Techniques

Woven wool and silk

Marks and inscriptions

'L. Febvre'
Marked on the blue area in the lower right corner of the border

'ACT.APOST.CAP'
In the centre bottom of the cartouche

Dimensions

Height: 434 cm not checked on object, Width: 476 cm not checked on object, Length: 171 in, Width: 188 in, Weight: 49 kg, Width: 4786 mm Top edge, Width: 4700 mm Bottom edge, Length: 4404 mm Proper right, Length: 4345 mm Proper left

Descriptive line

Tapestry of wool and silk, woven by Jean-Louis Lefebvre for Cardinal Mazarin, Paris, 1653-1661

Production Note

made for and commissioned by Cardinal Mazarin

Categories

Textiles; Tapestry

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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