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Chasuble

Date:
fourth quarter 15th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Silk, metal
Dimensions:
Length at CB: 47 in. (119.4 cm)
Classifications:
Textiles-Woven, Textiles-Ecclesiastical
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Pratt Institute, 1934
Accession Number:
2009.300.1749
Not on view
The textile used in this chasuble is a beautiful example of elaborate weaving. Here the use of cut and uncut velvet is used to delineate the interior layers of the flowers, which gives them a rich and dimensional appearance. The use of metallic bouclé to provide an additional level of patterning also shows a high level of weaving acumen. The curvilinear pattern known as ferronerie is used here on the main fabric of the chasuble. Ferronerie was prevalent in textile design during the Renaissance and reflected the ornate ironwork of the period.
Brooklyn Museum , New York (until 2009; to MMA)
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