Born into one of the most powerful dynasties of working artists, Charles Coypel occupied a unique place between the worlds of painting and performance in eighteenth-century France. Bell explores Coypel’s longest running commission, a series of Gobelins tapestries based on Cervantes’s Don Quixote.
Charles Coypel’s paintings of Cervantes’s Don Quixote mark one of the artist’s triumphs. Examining these works and later illustrations of the novel raises unexpected questions about art and how readers understood the book and looked at these pictures, which not only attest to Coypel’s talent but also evoke the culture of the time.
Charlotte Vignon, Curator of Decorative Arts, introduces the exhibition Coypel’s Don Quixote Tapestries, Illustrating a Spanish Novel in Eighteenth-Century France, on view at the Frick Collection until May 17, 2015. For more information about this exhibition, please visit www.frick.org/donquixote. Click here for detailed image credits.