The Diana tapestries are being shown to the public for the first time as a series of six in Rijksmuseum Maastricht.
In 2006, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam acquired three tapestries with themes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. They are part of a series, three of which were already in the museum’s collection. The acquisition of the tapestries was made possible by the BankGiro Lottery and the Rembrandt Society.
The tapestries were designed around 1600 by Karel van Mander, who first worked in Oudenaarde but became better known after he moved to Haarlem. The whole series was woven in Delft, in the atelier of Frans Spiering, who was also originally from the Southern Netherlands. Through illustrations and engravings by Van Mander, the exhibition shows the passion for mythology that was displayed at the time.