Tapestry showing Don Quixote Guided by Folly, Setting Forth to be a Knight-Errant
From the seventh series of "The Story of Don Quixote" woven 1762-87 at Gobelins tapestry manufactory
Woven at the Gobelins tapestry manufactory, Paris, 1699 - present. In the workshop of Jacques Neilson, French (born England), 1714 - 1788. Central composition after a 1716 painting by Charles Antoine Coypel, French (active Paris), 1694 - 1752.
The central scene of this tapestry follows the composition of one of the twenty-eight paintings Charles Coypel made of subjects from Miguel de Cervantes's novel Don Quixote. In this weaving, loosely based on part 1, chapter 8 of the book, Don Quixote is about to attack a windmill, which he sees as a threatening giant.
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