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Gobelins Tapestry Factory

Les Portières des Dieux: Bacchus c. 1768

RCIN 45259

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The court of Louis XIV of France frequently employed mythological iconography, most famously in the Grand Apartement of the Palace of Versailles, where a different deity was assigned to each room. This tapestry is part of a series representing the seasons, called Portières des Dieux (‘Portals of the Gods’). Bacchus represents autumn and is identifiable by his crown of vine leaves, leopard-skin pelt and staff.

Probably purchased by George IV, 1825