Tapestry: Sancho's Entry on the Isle of Barataria, from The Story of Don Quixote Series
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Woven at the Gobelins Tapestry Manufactory; after a painting by Charles-Antoine Coypel, painter
French, Gobelins, 1772
Silk and wool
12 ft. 1 in. x 13 ft. 7 in.

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In an episode from The Story of Don Quixote, based on the enormously popular romance novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Sancho, Don Quixote's companion, ceremoniously arrives on the island of Barataria and is carried along the paved street amid a group of citizens.

All four tapestries from the Getty Museum's Don Quixote series feature a surrounding decoration known as the alentours. This elaborate frame represents a damask wall covering festooned with thick garlands of fruit and flowers. The picture frame rests on a base piled with armor, an axe, flags, and two cornucopia spilling fruit. At the bottom the tapestry's title is woven in yellow thread.

This tapestry was woven at Gobelins under the direction of Michel Audran and his son Jean Audran fils. The alentours were designed by Claude Audran III, Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay fils, Alexandre-François Desportes, and Valande.

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