Laurent Guyot / The Philosophers / about 1611 - 1627Laurent Guyot
The Philosophers
about 1611 - 1627

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Creator Name: Guyot, Laurent
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: border
Creator Dates/Places: about 1575 - 1644
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Laurent Guyot
Creator Name: Dumée, Guillaume
Creator Role: border design and cartoon
Creator Name-CRT: Guillaume Dumée
Creator Name: Faubourg Saint-Marcel manufactory of Marc de Comans and François de la Planche
Creator Role: weavers
Creator Name-CRT: Faubourg Saint-Marcel manufactory of Marc de Comans and François de la Planche
Title: The Philosophers
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1611
Creation End Date: 1627
Creation Date: about 1611 - 1627
Creation Place: Paris
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Tapestries
Materials and Techniques: silk, wool
Dimensions: H.159 x W.124 in. irregular
Inscriptions: MARK
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 48.13.1
Credit Line: The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund

The presence of resident scholars and philosophers often represents not only the value society places on education, but also the sophistication of royal courts. This scene was created as part of a series of tapestry designs intended to stress the grandeur, refinement, and stability of a government center that was directed by a widowed queen at a time when it was thought that only kings should rule.

The museum owns a complete set of eight tapestries that show scenes from the life of the widowed Greek queen Artemisia, who was responsible for directing her country until her young son was old enough to assume his duties as king. The tapestries were woven in France during the 17th century and were commissioned by the widowed French queen, Marie de Medici, whose own life shared similar challenges with this ancient Greek heroine.

AMICA ID: MIA_.48.13.1
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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