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. 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 !

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    • 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.


  2. 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

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      • 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 ❤

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