Antoine Caron / The Riding Lesson / about 1611 - 1627Antoine Caron
The Riding Lesson
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: Laurent Guyot
Creator Name-CRT: Antoine Caron
Creator Name: Guyot, Laurent
Creator Role: central cartoon
Creator Name-CRT: Laurent Guyot
Creator Name: Dumée, Guillaume
Creator Role: border design and cartoon
Creator Name-CRT: Guillaume Dumée
Title: The Riding Lesson
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.160 x W.235-3/4 in., irregular
Inscriptions: MARKS
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 48.13.7
Credit Line: The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund

A crown prince's education was carefully regulated so that he would become a capable king. Normally this process was supervised by the king, but if he died the responsibility was often assumed by the widowed queen. We see the regent queen on the left, supervising a riding lesson. The statue of Hercules indicates male approval and has been included in the design to assure the contemporary viewer that the future king would be well-educated.

Horsemanship was a particularly important skill for military purposes, and difficult maneuvers, such as the one shown here, displayed a gentleman's refinement as well as his ability to control power artfully.

AMICA ID: MIA_.48.13.7
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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