First published in France in 1670, Tapisseries du Roy is an oversize folio of engravings illustrating two series of tapestries commissioned by Louis XIV and designed by Charles Le Brun. The engravings by Sébastien LeClerc show the rich symbolism and details of the tapestries that were based on mythological allegories on the themes of the four elements and the seasons. To get us all inspired by the prospect of spring as this winter drags on, we’ve selected some images from Le Printemps section of the text to show here.
Call number: Tapisseries du roy, ou sont representez les quatre elemens et les quatre saisons : avec les devises qui les accompagnent, et leur explication. A Paris : Chez Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy, Imprimeur du Roy rue Saint Jacques, aux Cicognes, MDCLXXIX .
U of T Libraries catalogue link: UW 1679 F45 large fol.