The Gobelin family gave their name to the tapestries produced by their manufactory in Paris. Originally dyers, the family began to manufacture tapestries in the 17th century, enjoying the patronage of several Kings of France. The manufactory survives today and is owned and run by the French state.
Jacopo Tintoretto (1518-1594) is considered the last great painter of the Italian Renaissance. His work focuses mainly on biblical and religious themes.
The Crystal Palace was a cast iron and glass exhibition hall constructed in London for the Great Exhibition of 1851. With an interior space of 92,000 square metres and a height of 33m (large enough to accomodate full-sized living elm trees) it was a spectacular building.
It was first erected in Hyde Park, then reassembled after the Exhibition in south London. It was destroyed by fire in 1936.
A chaise was a light-weight horse-drawn carriage designed to carry one or two people. A calash was a folding hood that could be drawn down over the seats in the chaise, as shown in the illustration below. The carriage in this illustration does not have a box, which is a seat for the coachman, usually but not always between the passengers and the horses.
Baucis is a old woman who appears in a myth from Ancient Greece and is a stock figure of friendly hospitality.
A Landau was a relatively expensive four-wheeled carriage pulled by four horses, with retractable roofs, two seats for passengers facing each other and a box for a driver.
Palladian architecture is a style of building which imitates ancient Greek temples.