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Tapestry showing Constantine Slaying the Lion

Figural composition designed in 1636 by Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berrettini), Italian, 1596 - 1669. Woven at the Barberini tapestry factory, Rome. Workshop of Jacomo della Riviera, Flemish.

Made in Rome, Italy, Europe


Wool and silk with gold and silver threads

16 feet 5 inches × 9 feet 9 inches (500.4 × 297.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Great Stair Hall Balcony, third floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1959

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This tapestry is from the series that Cardinal Francesco Barberini ordered from his own factory to complete the set given to him by Louis XIII of France.

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