The brothers Urban (d. 1747) and Daniel II (d. 1728) Leyniers are members of the very prolific and important weaver's dynasty of the Leyniers, who were established in Brussels by the mid-16th Century. Urban and Daniel II were originally dyers and took up weaving after an agreement with their cousin Hendrick II Reydams in 1712. This contract lasted until 1719, when Daniel retired and Urban continued on his own until 1729 and later with his son Daniel III until 1745 when he retired.
Jan van Orley (d. 1735) was one of the three most important tapestry designers and the most talented of the early 18th Century in Brussels. He worked very closely with the Leyniers workshop and produced six very successful series for them, the earliest being The Story of Don Quixote. The Triumphs of the Gods was probably first woven for the Oudeburg in Ghent in 1717 and seems to vary slightly in design to this tapestry. Initially the series comprised five subjects, but it was later expanded to include at least eight triumphs or rather Plaisirs des Dieux, which would probably be a more appropriate title. Augustin Coppens (d. 1740), who collaborated on the set, was a highly skilled landscape painter who usually worked with history painters to produce tapestry designs and is recorded as cartoon painter as early as 1689.
Several differing series of the Triumphs of the Gods were produced during this time in Brussels. Urban and Daniel III Leyniers are recorded as having supplied a set of this series plus a set of the Telemachus series to the King of Portugal, while another was supplied to Ghent in 1717. Another set that was signed by Urban and Daniel II is recorded in Munich (G. Delmarcel, Flemish Tapestry, Tielt, 1999, p. 333 and 367).
It is interesting to note how workshops incorporated the same figures in various designs. A tapestry that includes an identical maiden standing and blowing the horn, huntress to the background and dog to the right foreground but a differing Diana seated under a draped canopy and within a differing landscape was sold in these Rooms, 27 March 1986, lot 201. A reduced version, signed by Daniel Leyniers, was sold at Christie's Amsterdam, 20 December 1995, lot 25. The borders of the former appear to be identical to those of the set supplied by the Leyniers-Reydams workshop to Ghent in 1717. Another tapestry depicting the left part of this composition, including Diana and the immediate attendants, the dogs to the left and the nymph in the water, forming its own subject and greatly expanded to both sides is signed by Leyniers and Reydams and was sold anonymously at Ader, Picard, Tajan, 19 March 1982, lot 99.