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- Author after a cartoon by an Antwerp artist from the circle of Pieter Coecke van Aelst
- Performed by Master of “a loop” Mark workshop
- Date of production ca. 1555
- Place of creation Brussels
- Dimensions height: 389 cm, width: 338 cm
- Author's designation weaver’s mark in the top right corner
- ID no. ZKWawel 38
- Availability Residential Apartment, Room 2
- Collector collection of King Sigismund Augustus
- Object copyright Wawel Royal Castle – State Art Collection
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Digitalisation of the most significant tapestries from the collection of Wawel Royal Castle project
Imaginary animals are not predominant in tapestry presentations but sometimes appear there. Their presence usually has a symbolic meaning. In the tapestry Dragon Fighting with a Panther, this is derived from Physiologus, which is an ancient treatise on animals containing, aside from their description, an allegorical interpretation of animals, plants and minerals. According to it, the panther is loved by all animals, with the exception of the dragon. Such a presentation was interpreted as an allegory of Christ's struggle against Satan. Here, the dragon symbolises the forces of evil, and the panther the forces of good.more
This is one of the most famous verdures in the collection of Sigismund II Augustus. A dragon and a panther fight in a forest clearing. On the left side of the scene, three young dragons crowd together: above them, on an overgrown fallen tree, another panther lurks, possibly hurrying to help the one already fighting. In the bottom right corner, a lizard stands stock-still. Further in the background, by the lake, another predator can be seen, as well as a deer and two fantastic hoofed creatures.
Imaginary animals are not predominant in tapestry presentations, but sometimes appear. Their presence usually has a symbolic meaning. In the tapestry Dragon Fighting with a Panther, the symbolism is derived from Physiologus, an ancient treatise on animals containing, aside from their description, allegorical interpretations of animals, plants and minerals. According to the treatise, the panther is loved by all animals, with the exception of the dragon. A presentation such as this one, would have been interpreted as an allegory of Christ's struggle against Satan. Here, the dragon symbolises the forces of evil, and the panther the forces of good.
The tapestry is part of a small group of five large, rectangular verdures. A wide border with mythological deities, festoons and bouquets of flowers closes the pictorial field of the tapestry along its upper edge.
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