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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Spring
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1670
Creation End Date: 1690
Creation Date: about 1680
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Embroidery
Materials and Techniques: embroidery, worked in petit point or tent stitch
Dimensions: H.129 x W.86-1/4 x D.5 in.
Inscriptions: MARK
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 15.210
Credit Line: Given in memory of Mrs. Thomas Lowry by her children

This embroidered hanging was probably part of a set depicting the four seasons. The personification of spring is shown surrounded by flowers and musical instruments. Also associated with spring are the garden tools (lower foreground), the insects and nesting birds in the foliage, and the signs of the zodiac--Aries (the ram), Taurus (the bull), and Gemini (the twins).

Designed by the painter Charles Le Brun, this hanging was made for the duc de Créquy in the 1680s. The embroidery may have been done at the Convent of St. Joseph in Paris. The design is worked in petit point, and the silk background is embroidered in a diamond, or diaper, pattern.

AMICA ID: MIA_.15.210
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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