Apollo and the Muses in the Elysian Fields with Helios, the Sun-God, Descending from the Clouds
Overall: 159 x 244 in. (403.9 x 619.8 cm)
signed on bottom edge: "I DE VOS"
Horizontal rectangular wool and silk tapestry (wool warp, wool and silk weft); scene depicting Apollo (playing lyre) and his muses in a bucolic landscape with the Sun-God Helios and his chariot hovering above; brown and gold acanthus leaf border around all sides.
The tapestry was part of a series known as "Het Plaisier der Goden" (The Pleasure of the Gods), produced by Judocus de Vos after designs by Jan van Orley (1665-1735) and Augustin Coppens (1668-1740). This example was acquired in Paris in 1881 by New York merchant and art collector Robert L. Stuart. It hung in his mansion at Fifth Avenue and 68th Street and after 1893 was displayed in the Stuart Gallery at the Lenox Library.
Koenraad Brosens, "Brussels Tapestry Producer Judocus de Vos (1661/62-1734)-New Data and Design Attributions," Studies in the Decorative Arts Journal, 9:2 (Spring-Summer 2002).
The Robert L. Stuart Collection, the gift of his widow Mrs. Mary Stuart
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