Category:Valois tapestries

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English: The eight Valois tapestries depict entertainments and activities at the French court in the second half of the 16th century. The tapestries were worked in the Spanish Netherlands, probably in Brussels or Antwerp, shortly after 1580. They are based on six (possibly eight) designs drawn by the artist Antoine Caron during the reign of King Charles IX of France (1560–1574). These were modified by a second artist, who reveals a strong personality of his own, to include groups of full-length figures in the foreground. Historian Frances Yates believed that this second artist was the influential Lucas de Heere. Others have attributed the tapestries to the workshop of Spiering or of Joos van Herseel and Franchoys Sweerts.[1] Scholars have not firmly established who commissioned the tapestries or for whom they were intended. It is likely that they were once owned by Catherine de' Medici, but they are not included in the inventory of possessions drawn up after her death. She may have presented them to her granddaughter Christina of Lorraine, for her marriage to Ferdinando I de' Medici, in 1589. The tapestries are now stored at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Tuscany, but are not on public display.