Tapestry from the Manufacture Royale de Beauvais...

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Tapestry from the Manufacture Royale de Beauvais...

Tapestry from the Manufacture Royale de Beauvais
The Offering to Pan
Part of the Grotesques hanging with yellow background
Carton by Jean Baptiste Monnoyer (1634 -1699) Model inspired by Jean Bérain (1640 - 1711), Louis XIV period, around 1700
Woven in wool and silk
H.2,94 x L. 2.78m
From 1689 at the Royal Manufactory of Beauvais, under the direction of Philippe Béhagle, a Grotesques hanging with a yellow background comprising six subjects and inspired by the work of Louis XIV's ornamentalist painter, Jean Berain I (1640 - 1711), was put on the loom. Let us recall that the word grotesque was adopted to designate the decorations inspired by the discoveries of Nero's Domus Aurea in the 15th century in excavations in Rome, therefore as in caves, hence groteschi in Italian. Later on, the exaggeration and sometimes caricatural distortion of the small characters appearing in the decorations changed the meaning of the word by loading it with the current meaning of buffoon, ridiculous. Obviously, this meaning does not apply to the magnificent hanging of the Grotesques with a yellow background.
The success of this hanging was immense and it was rewoven several times until around 1730. Various border models framed these infinitely decorative compositions: first with chinoiserie motifs, then with imitation frames in different versions.
The hanging originally consisted of six subjects: the broad compositions (Elephant, Dromedary, Animal Trainers, Musicians and Dancers), the narrower compositions (Offering to Pan, Offering to Bacchus, Musicians (two versions). However, there were multiple combinations between the subjects, thus multiplying the variants from a central subject
The compositions of the tapestries also vary in their upper and lower parts, in the arrangement of the entablatures, the drapes and other "airy" motifs. The lower parts may or may not have stone staircases, small laurels, etc., and the lower parts may or may not have stone stairs, small laurels, etc.
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