Antoine Caron / The Colossus of Rhodes / 1611 - 1627Antoine Caron
The Colossus of Rhodes
1611 - 1627

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Creator Name: Caron, Antoine
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: central design
Creator Dates/Places: 1521 - 1599
Gender: M
Creator Death Place: Paris
Creator Name-CRT: Antoine Caron
Creator Name: Lerambert, Henry
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Role: border design and central cartoon
Creator Name-CRT: attributed to Henry Lerambert
Title: The Colossus of Rhodes
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1611
Creation End Date: 1627
Creation Date: 1611 - 1627
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Tapestries
Materials and Techniques: silk, wool, gold, silver
Dimensions: H.186-3/4 x W.264 in., irregular
Inscriptions: MARKS
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 48.13.9
Credit Line: The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund

Dominating this scene is the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. He watches as the widowed Greek queen, Artemisia, in the central boat, directs the capture of the city. The principle that a queen as well as a king could not only protect a kingdom but also initiate military actions was a concept that was useful to reinforce the personal power of several regent queens of France during the 16th and 17th centuries.

The reference to important historic personages or events incorporated into tapestry images frequently gives power by association to the people who own these large, impressive hangings.

From the Stories of Queen Artemisia series.

AMICA ID: MIA_.48.13.9
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
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