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The Birth of Diana and Apollo c. 1630

Woven wool tapestry | 325.0 x 401.0 cm | RCIN 28104

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One panel from a series of French tapestries depicting the History of Diana, illustrating the birth of Apollo and Diana, in which Latona, grasping a palm and an olive tree, is shown giving birth to twins. Diana, the first born, assists in delivering her twin, Apollo. In the background Latona walks away holding her twin infants by the hand. Border of leafy scrolls and framed medallions. Probably woven in Paris at the workshop of the Flemish weavers Francois de la Planche (Franz van der Plancken) of Oudenarde and his brother-in-law Marc de Comans of Antwerp. One of a set of six panels from this series in the Royal Collection.

A set of the same series is at the Palacio Real, Madrid.