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The Month of July/The Sign of Leo, from The Grotesque Months

A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.
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  • A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.

Date:

c. 1726

Artist:

After a design by Claude III Audran (1658–1734), 1708–09
Woven at the Manufacture Royale des Gobelins
France, Paris

About this artwork

This narrow panel and its companion belong to a suite known as The Grotesque Months, which depicts the 12 months of the year and their associated zodiac signs. A Roman deity, centrally positioned within a pergola, personifies each month. July, with the sign of Leo—a lion—appears in a grisaille cartouche near the top of this tapestry. The bearded Jupiter sits on a great eagle amid storm clouds, and the fleece and head of Amalthea, the goat that suckled the infant god, hangs from the top of the pergola. Other attributes associated with Jupiter appear above and below the god.

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Artist

Claude III Audran (Designer)

Title

The Month of July/The Sign of Leo, from The Grotesque Months

Origin

Paris

Date

Made 1716–1736

Medium

Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave

Dimensions

66.5 x 293.6 cm (26 1/8 x 115 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Bessie Bennett Endowment

Reference Number

1951.261

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