Les Tapisseries Du Feu-Roy Louis XIIII. (De Glorieuse Memoire,) en douze Feüilles, et celles de Feuë Son Alt. Rle. Monseigr. le Duc d'Orleans, en huit feüilles; Peintes par Charles Le-Brun, Ecuïer, Premier Peintre du Roy, et gravées par Sébastien Le Clerc, et Bernard Picart (Le Romain), Graveurs du Roy, en son Academie Roïale de Peinture & Sculpture.
RA Collection: Book
In the second series all plates are signed as painted by Ch. LeBrun and engraved by B. Picart; but these signatures seem to refer to the borders only, as several plates are additionally signed within the plate, as painted by Ch. Le Brun, drawn by B. Picart or J.M. Nattier and engraved by J. Folkema, L. Surugue or Q. Fonbonne.
A survey of Ovidian publications was M.D. Henkel, 'Illustrierte Ausgabe von Ovids Metamorphosen im XV., XVI. und XVII. Jahrhundert', in Vorträge Bib. Warburg, 6 1926-7), p.58-144. A survey of mythological subjects in 18th-century art was Les amours des dieux ... de Watteau à David [exhibition catalogue] (1991).
In the first series of plates two plates carry the date 1680, and one, that of 1681. The present title-plate of the collection consists of a hand-written title-label pasted within a printed border. Its reference to the 'late' Louis XIV dates it to 1715 or later.
The subject of the first series is the prowess of Louis XIV, represented by four events of his reign (dated 1663 and 1667) and a group of allegories showing Mars and Venus, Apollo, Bacchus, Saturn and Hebe, and Louis as peacegiver and victor by sea and land.
The series of paintings on the Meleager legend had been commissioned from Lebrun in 1658; and their designs had been used for tapestries made for Philippe duc d'Orleans (1640-1701), father of Philippe duc d'Orleans (1674-1723), who became Régent of France in 1715 on the death of Louis XIV.
Name as Subject
Meleager (Greek mythology)
Charles Le Brun
Philippe, duc d' Orleans Regent of France
Rulers - Monarchs - Publicizing - Publicity - France - 17th century
Paintings, French - Narrative art - France - 17th century
Tapestries - Designs - France - 17th century
Pictorial works - Armorial bindings - France - 18th century