Antoine Caron / Exercise in the Assault and Defense of a Bastion / about 1611 - 1627Antoine Caron
Exercise in the Assault and Defense of a Bastion
about 1611 - 1627

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Creator Name: Caron, Antoine
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: central design
Creator Dates/Places: about 1521 - 1599
Gender: M
Creator Death Place: Paris
Creator Name-CRT: Antoine Caron
Creator Name: Guyot, Laurent
Creator Role: central cartoon and border design
Creator Name-CRT: Laurent Guyot
Creator Name: Dumée, Guillaume
Creator Role: border design and cartoon
Creator Name-CRT: Guillaume Dumée
Title: Exercise in the Assault and Defense of a Bastion
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1611
Creation End Date: 1627
Creation Date: about 1611 - 1627
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Tapestries
Materials and Techniques: silk, wool
Dimensions: H.165 x W.237 in., irregular
Inscriptions: MARKS
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 48.13.8
Credit Line: The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund

Artemisia was the queen of ancient Halicarnassus in Asia Minor. This action-packed battle scene illustrates the military training of her son, Lygdamis.* The vivid colors, rearing horses, and muscular soldiers emphasize the vigor of the maneuvers. Troops converge on a tower from both land and sea while, in the far distance, ladies of the court watch archery practice from another ruined tower.

The French king Henry IV (1589-1610) commissioned this tapestry to symbolize his own military strength. He used works of art to glorify his court and to stimulate the French economy after years of political turmoil. He was especially interested in tapestry--the most prestigious and expensive of the visual arts--because French weavers were losing many commissions to Flemish workshops. He even subsidized master weavers in Paris--at times giving them free lodging and work space--and recruited others to move from Flanders to France.

*This tapestry is one of a set of eight tapestries which depict the stories of Queen Artemisia. Other tapestries from this set are on view in Galleries 340 and 330.

AMICA ID: MIA_.48.13.8
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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