Circle of Bernard van Orley / Month of September / 1525 - 1528Circle of Bernard van Orley
Month of September
1525 - 1528

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Creator Name: van Orley, Bernard
Creator Qualifier: Circle of
Creator Nationality: European; Belgian
Creator Role: designer and cartoonist
Creator Dates/Places: active 16th century
Creator Active Place: Brussels
Creator Name-CRT: Circle of Bernard van Orley
Title: Month of September
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1525
Creation End Date: 1528
Creation Date: 1525 - 1528
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Tapestries
Materials and Techniques: silk, wool
Dimensions: H.177-3/4 x W.166-3/4 in. irregular
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 38.40
Credit Line: The William Hood Dunwoody Fund

September is represented here by a grape harvest and wine making. Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, red-nosed from drinking, oversees the crushing of grapes. His mother, Semele (labeled semela), and father, Jupiter (iupiter), appear in the upper corners. In the oval band framing the main scene, the twelve signs of the zodiac alternate with twelve pairs of women holding hourglasses, who represent the twenty-four hours of the day.

Most large tapestries were designed as part of a series, such as the months or the seasons. Weaving workshops frequently made additional sets of such tapestry series for customers who could not afford to commission original designs.

Acquired in 1938 38.40

AMICA ID: MIA_.38.40
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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