The Easel

Gawking at Quixote

Cervantes’ Don Quixote is perhaps literature’s greatest comic hero. Charles Coypel, painter to Louis XV, produced a celebrated series of paintings to be made into tapestries. On the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’ work, the Frick is showing some of these tapestries next to their matching paintings. “There is a sense here…of a world that is shamelessly secular and free from guilt, ready to amuse itself and amuse us.”