Saturday, April 11

Coypel's 'Don Quixote' Tapestries: Illustrating a Spanish Novel in Eighteenth-Century France


"A masterpiece of comic fiction, Cervantes’s Don Quixote (fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha) enjoyed great popularity from the moment it was published, in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615. Reprints and translations spread across Europe, captivating the continental imagination with the escapades of the knight Don Quixote and his companion, Sancho Panza. The novel’s most celebrated episodes inspired a multitude of paintings, prints, and interiors. Most notably, Charles Coypel (1694−1752), painter to Louis XV, created a series of twenty-eight paintings (also called cartoons) to be woven into tapestries by the Gobelins manufactory in Paris. ..."
The Frick Collection
The Frick Collection: Introduction
NY Times: Review: ‘Coypel’s Don Quixote Tapestries’ Weaves a Classic Tale
YouTube: Coypel's 'Don Quixote' Tapestries: Illustrating a Spanish Novel in Eighteenth-Century France

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