The series originally consisted of nine panels and was possibly designed by Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen (1500-1559) for Charles V, who commissioned two sets of this series, one of which remains in Vienna (see L. Baldass, Die Wiener Gobelinssammlung, Vienna, 1920, cat. 146-154) whilst the other is in the Spanish Royal Collection (P. Junquera de Vega and C. Herrero Carretero, Catalogo de Tapices del Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 1986, vol. I, pp. 123-133, cat. 18). Of the various sets that were woven throughout the 16th and 17th Centuries in Brussels, two versions were executed for Philippe II by Willem de Pannemaker (P. Junquera de Vega op. cit., vol. I, pp. 105-122, cats. 16 and 17).