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Tapestry - The Three Fates

The Three Fates

  • Object:

    Tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (south, made)

  • Date:

    early 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry woven in wool and silk

  • Museum number:

    65&A-1866

  • Gallery location:

    Tapestries, Room 94 []

The three fates, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos, represent Death in this tapestry, as they triumph over the fallen body of Chastity. In mythology the Fates controlled the span of human life; Clotho was the spinner, Lachesis was the drawer of lots, and Atropos represented the inevitable end to life.
This is a fragment from a larger tapestry, from a series 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.

Physical description

Tapestry with detached border, depicting the three fates triumphing over the fallen body of Chastity , wool and silk.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (south, made)

Date

early 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry woven in wool and silk

Descriptive line

Tapestry 'The Three Fates' ('The Triumph of Death'), Flemish, early 16th century.

Labels and date

THE TRIUMPH OF DEATH or THE THREE FATES
The three fates, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos, who spin, draw out and cut the thread of Life, represent Death in this tapestry, as they triumph over the fallen body of Chastity. This is the third subject in Petrarch's poem The Triumphs. First, Love triumphs; then Love is overcome by Chastity, Chastity by Death, Death by Fame, Fame by Time and Time by Eternity.
FLEMISH (probably BRUSSELS); c. 1510-20
Museum number 65-1866 [c. 2003]

Subjects depicted

Life; Death; Fate

Categories

Images Online; Tapestry; Textiles; Wall coverings

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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