• Important Early European Furni auction at Christies

    Sale 7764

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture & Tapestries

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 215

    A FLEMISH MYTHOLOGICAL TAPESTRY

    MID-17TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY AUDENARDE

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    A FLEMISH MYTHOLOGICAL TAPESTRY
    MID-17TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY AUDENARDE
    Woven in silks and wools, depicting Alexander before Diogenes, attended by further officers, within a wooded landscape, in a flowerhead-decorated foliate border centred to the sides by scrollwork cartouches, in a yellow outer slip, areas of restoration and reweaving
    11 ft. x 14 ft. 8 in. (336 x 446 cm.)


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    Diogenes, an extremely austere cynic philosopher of the 4th Century BC, who lived in Athens and Corinth is the best known of the Cynics, a group of Greek philosophers that stressed stoic self-sufficiency and the rejection of luxury. He despised worldly possessions to such a degree that he lived in a barrel for a time.
    This scene depicts Diogenes sitting in his barrel when Alexander the Great, who admired Diogenes, visited him. When Alexander said: Ask of me what thou wilt and thou shalt have it, Diogenes replied: Stand out of my Light.
    A complete series depicting scenes from Diogenes' life was designed for Mortlake in the 1660s and 70s based on Salvatore Rosa engravings.

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