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Tapestry: Le Sommeil de Renaud (from the series, Tentures des Fragments de l'Opera)

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The tapestry depicts an episode from the 1686 opera "Armide" composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully (with a libretto by Philipe Quinault.) The opera was based on the epic poem "Gerusalemme Liberatta" by the 16th century Italian author Torquato Tasso and tells the adventures of the Christian crusader...

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Signed lower right: AUDRAN


1900, private collection, Paris. 1989, S. Franses, Ltd., London; 1989, sold by Franses to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 21, 1989)

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund

About 1749–53

Object Place

Paris, France


411.48 x 655.32 cm (162 x 258 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tapestry weave (wool warp; wool and silk wefts)


Textiles and Fashion Arts