In 2007, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) held an exhibition called 'Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendour'. It was the first comprehensive survey of 17th century European tapestries. As an ambitious international loan exhibition it drew upon many fine examples including ‘Garden with Diana Fountain’ from Warwick Castle.
One of a set of five pieces entitled Garden Scenes with Mythological Fountains, this beautiful tapestry was woven by François Spiering in Delft at the very beginning of the seventeenth century. The design is attributed to Karel van Mander the Elder, “an artist fully capable of the spatial sophistication and inventiveness seen in this tapestry”.
Aware that borrowing the tapestry left the Castle with empty wall space, The Met commissioned Zardi & Zardi to make a reproduction to hang at Warwick Castle for the duration of the exhibition.