Vertumnus transformed into a fisherman
As in other tapestries from the series, this seventh tapestry was split into three parts at the end of the nineteenth century. The central part is displayed at the Royal Palace of Madrid, meanwhile the parts depicting Vertumnus and Pomona are shown at this Royal Palace of Aranjuez. The original tapestry showed Vertumnus disguised as a fisherman, as told in Ovid’s Metamorphoses (XIV, 649).
Carrying a rod in his hand
In the console in the upper border of the central fragment, we read the Latin inscription PISCATOR ARVNDINE SVMPTA EST (Carrying a rod in his hand, he is a fisherman). In the central part of the panel, we see part of a setting which was originally wider, something which can be appreciated when the two side fragments – now cut – are placed on either side. On the left-hand side, we see Vertumnus wearing an outfit of blue with gold emboidery, rod in hand; Pomona, dressed in the same way as in the other tapestries, is on the right-hand side.
The presence of water
Since we are presented with Vertumnus as a fisherman, the side fragments show two pools which are fed water by two beautiful gilded fountains.
Series Vertumnus and Pomona
Seventh tapestry of the series
Models Circle of Pieter Coecke Van Aelst and Léonard Thiry
Manufacture Unknown workshop, Brussels, before 1550
Fabric Gold, silk and wool
Size 330 x 95; 330 x 95 cm
Location Royal Palace of Aranjuez
On display Hall of the King’s Halberdiers
Origin Mentioned for the first time in the inventory of Charles II
National Heritage Series 18