Tapestry: Apollo Pursuing Daphne (from the series, The Story of Daphne)

French (Paris)
Second or third quarter of the 17th century

Object Place: Paris, France


342 x 441 cm (134 5/8 x 173 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tapestry weave (wool warp; wool and silk wefts)

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



One in a series recounting the story of Daphne, probably from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book I. The subject shown is “Apollo Pursuing Daphne.” Daphne flees from center to the left with Apollo in pursuit from the right. In addition to the two main figures, two nymphs are shown watching the pair from behind a tree at the right, and Cupid flies above Apollo’s head holding bow and arrows. Border shows rinceaux of acanthus leaves and flowers. Nude putto in each corner grasps stems of vines. Some brown wool wefts have deteriorated. Fabric complete in extent; lacks a fraction of an inch of weaving along outer edges of outer guards.


Possibly the Duke of Montrose, Buchanan Castle, Stirling, Scotland [see note 1]. About 1925/1927, Basil Dighton (dealer), London. 1928, J. M. Botibol (dealer), London. Richard W. Lehne, New York. By 1945, French and Co., New York; 1962, sold by French and Co. to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 11, 1962)

[1] According to the exhibition catalogue "400 Years of Tapestries" (Detroit Institute of Arts, February 10-March 18, 1945), cat. no. 35.

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund