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Die Erschaffung des Pferdes

um 1640/50, Der Reitunterricht (8 Stücke), Draft: Jacob Jordaens



Die Erschaffung des Pferdes

The Emperor Leopold I bought this series comprising eight tapistries with depicitions of riding lessons in 1666, probably on the occasion of his wedding to the Infanta Margarita Teresa of Spain. During the reign of King Henry IV, Antoine de Pluvinel, the famous French riding master, had founded a riding academy in Paris and had taught the king´s son, the future King Louis XIII. In 1623, de Pluvinel published a written account of his lessons that was illustrated by Crispin de Pas the younger. These illustrations served as models for the different riders in the series. In the 17th century, dressage was among the most popular subjects of tapestry makers of Brussels. The depiction of Neptune´s creation of the horse characterises riding as a royal exercise. It is modeled on a composition by Jacob Jordaens that has survived in an oil painting now in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. This tapestry was woven in the workshop of the Leyniers family whose members were among the leading dyers and weavers in Brussels for over four hundred years. Aus: Das Kunsthistorische Museum in Wien, Prestel Museumsführer, München/Berlin/London/New York 2007, 118-119 (Katja Schmitz-von Ledebur).

Currently not displayed.

Object data

Series Title

Der Reitunterricht (8 Stücke)

Object Name





um 1640/50


Jacob Jordaens (1593 Antwerpen - 1678 Antwerpen) - GND


Everard Leyniers (um 1597 - 1680)


Kette: Wolle, Schuß: Wolle/Seide, Gold und Silber
Kettfäden pro cm: 8


410 cm × 521 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, T XL 1

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