Madrid’s Don Quixote Tapestries~

The Royal Palace of Madrid,
has a special exhibit,

honoring the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of, “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.”

These tapestries were commissioned by Phillip V who lived from 1683-1746,
and depict in detail the life and adventures of Don Quixote.
I included a close-up so you could see the intricate stitch detail in these remarkable tapestries.
They were woven sometime in the early 1700’s by the Madrid Tapestry Factory which was founded by King Phillip V. Goya worked for a time in this factory creating designs.
Cheers to you in honor of Don Quixote who taught us so much about the subjective nature of our perceptions~

188 thoughts on “Madrid’s Don Quixote Tapestries~

    1. They were essentially outside, under a well covered loggia in a central courtyard so there was natural outdoor lighting, while at the the same time protection for the tapestries. This explains the unusual lighting which you are perceptive to notice. It is a temporarary exhibit, and I would imagine the tapestries are stored safely normally which might explain their preserved state.

  1. The Indians speak of Maya: the subjective perception of the world, or … all world is subjective perception.
    When the last man closes his eyes, this world will have vanished…
    Thanks for the pictures of these wonderful works, Cindy.

    1. Oh I love this! Yes, I am a retired psycotherapist. If more people realized how subjective their perceptions are, we would have a more peaceful world with less polarization. People would also be more able to widen their perspectives and see more of this incredible world. Human perception is fascinating and at times quite troubling~

  2. Just wow! These are so exquisite Cindy. A close friend of mine has always been compared to Don Quixote by his parents. I’ll have to show these to him as I’m sure they’ll hold a lot of meaning for him. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  3. Absolutely love these – invested in an old Dutch village scene tapestry some 20 years ago and still marvel at it even if I look at it every day – Thanks for sharing these Cindy <3

  4. Don Quixote and his impossible dream. I spent 8 years studying Spanish, and this was always a favorite topic. I’ve never seen this, and it is exquisitely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. πŸ’• You always take us there.

  5. Such exquisite detail — thanks for sharing them here, Cindy! It was easy for the music to play in my head when I was looking at these tapestries!

  6. What gorgeous tapestries, Cindy. I have a large one I did many years ago and I have an enormous one I bought for my mother to do. (hoping she would live to finish it) Alas I now have this huge unfinished tapestry left to do. They were both purchased in France.

    1. Oh how remarkable you completed a large one, and might finish an enormous one. Might you be persuaded to do a post including both of them? I would be fascinated to see both the finished product and the one in-process. Please alert me if you do, so I don’t miss it!

      1. Cindy, I’ll post the finished one but the other one won’t be finished in my life time. However, I’ll post the unfinished one too as well because it is so lovely.

  7. Spectacular Cindy!! One of my favourite lines from Don Quixote is:”The most perceptive character in a play is the fool, because the man who wishes to seem simple cannot possibly be a simpleton.” Hugs, my dear friend.

  8. Those are truly superb tapestries! Are you also reminded of the old Carole King album whenever you think of “tapestry”? πŸ˜‰

    I could never do intricate works like tapestries and needlepoint. I have no patience (as well as no eyesight on my advancing age). LOL!

    1. I hear you! I used to do needlepoint long ago, and I collect vintage embroidery. I admire the art form immensely but there is no way I could create a tapestry. I am so glad that artistic people still do!

    1. Yes, I am more accoustomed to Flemish Tapestry which I think is beautiful, but it is more muted in coloring. Spain, Portugal, Italy and Scandinavia tend to go for COLOR which is strikiing!

  9. Great story. I borrowed the text from the library about 20 years ago, having “known” many of the tales, but never having read it, and read it out loud… the only way to process poetry and understand the tradition of oral story telling since before Homer.

  10. Thank you, Cindy for the close up images allowing us to see the details! I can see the facial expressions clearly. They are so well preserved.

      1. If BTW u going Barcelona or any other city in Spain or Paris, let me know!
        Nice to see that retirement can be lived so happy and making happy others (us).
        Thanks for sharing u discovers.

  11. Seeing this makes me miss Madrid. When I lived there I visited the Palace quite often. Did you visit the Cathedral too? View from the top of the towers is amazing!! Thanks for posting.

      1. Yes, it certainly was! It was also great as I had easier access to all of the EU from there. It was easy to just take a trip away, move about and see new places. I really enjoyed my time abroad! Thanks for posting Cindy πŸ™‚

  12. The artistry in the weaving, the skill, patience, and the color… yadadada……etc. I’ve always been amazed by tapistries, Cindy. In many ways, the skill in producing a great one equals or exceeds many of the grand masters in painting. These are beautiful. Hugs, Cuz !

    1. Yes, because paint you can brush on, each stich here involves such detail. I have no idea how they captured the emotions on people’s faces with thread. It is remarkable.

  13. Cindy, you won’t believe this, but why would I make this up? I was singing, “I am I, Don Quixote, Man of la Mancha!” I was in my own little world singing while picking automobile parts and putting them into bins to send out to Advance Auto stores. It was a hot, humid warehouse day so I pictured my Spring break trip with Spanish Club and started singing.
    Your tapestry photographs are truly blessings and made me really smile. Thank you, dear! Hugs, Robin

      1. So glad to give you a smile, since your posts bring me joy, Cindy. The tapestry’s details were gorgeous and such time consuming stitching, nearly impossible to picture completing this insurmountable task. It has been since 1974, that I went to Spain and Portugal. xo <3

  14. These tapestries are astounding! The detail, color, and oh so many. I liked that you included a close-up for the detail, too. Wonderful, Cindy — thank you.

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