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Tapestry: Scipio Rescuing his Father at the Battle of Ticinus (from the series The Story of Scipio Africanus)

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The subject of this tapestry derives from various accounts of the deeds of Publius Cornelius Scipio, called the African, during the Second Punic War (219-201BC). The scene is a battlefield. In the foreground, a man struggles to rise from the ground and free himself from his horse which has...

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Purchased in Spain by Arthur Astor Carey between 1884 and 1887. Purchased from Arthur Astor Carey, Boston, with the Richard Black Sewall Fund, February 27, 1919.

Credit Line

Richard Black Sewall, Fund

Flemish, Second half of the 16th century or first quarter of the 17th century

Object Place

Brussels, Flanders


350 x 518 cm (137 13/16 x 203 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tapestry weave (wool warp; wool and silk wefts)


Textiles and Fashion Arts