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Chariclea Led Away by the Pirates, from The Story of Theagenes and Chariclea series
Chariclea Led Away by the Pirates, from The Story of Theagenes and Chariclea series
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Date:
ca. 1634–1635
Location:
Not on display
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Media:
Wool, Silk; Tapestry Weave
Dimensions:
411.5 x 444.5 cm (162 x 175 in.)
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Continent:
Europe
Accession Number:
1929.9.4
Acquisition Date:
1929-12-29
Credit Line:

Gift of Henry K.S. Williams

Exhibition History:

Crystal Springs School for Girls, Hillsborough, California, 1973
Simon Vouet, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 1990-91

The old Greek story that furnished the theme for this series began like modern novels in the middle of the action, the earlier history supplied by a flashback. This panel, the widest of the series, depicts the opening scene of the book. The silent ship, fully freighted, lies at anchor. The foreground is littered with the dead and dying. Chariclea is led away, weeping, by her abductors. From Anna Gray Bennett, "Five Centuries of Tapestry: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco" (San Francisco: Chronicle Books; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1976; repr. 1992): 232.