Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Panel of velvet

Date:
mid-15th century
Culture:
Italian or Spanish
Medium:
Silk and metal-wrapped thread; pile-on-pile cut, voided, brocaded velvet with metal-wrapped thread loops
Dimensions:
L. 65 1/2 x W. 22 1/2 inches (166.4 x 57.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Velvets
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.24.2b
Not on view
Sumptuous velvets were among the most highly prized luxury fabrics of the Renaissance. Woven in both Spain and the Italian peninsula, they were exported throughout Europe and became as essential component of the visual "magnificence" with which the ruling elite demonstrated their wealth and power. Contemporary paintings, tapestries and documents demonstrate the varied uses of such velvets–this panel was once part of an ecclesiastical vestment. The silk velvet pile was most commonly dyed red, but blue and green examples also appeared in significant numbers.
[ Kelekian , 1918; sold to MMA ]
Related Objects

Panel of velvet

Date: second half 15th century Medium: Silk and metal-wrapped thread, pile-on-pile cut, voided and brocaded velvet with metal-wrapped thread loops Accession: 46.156.134 On view in:Gallery 500

Panel of velvet

Date: second half 16th century Medium: Silk and metal thread Accession: 30.95.69 On view in:Gallery 503

Panel of velvet

Date: second half 16th century Medium: Silk and metal thread Accession: 44.54.1 On view in:Gallery 503

Cassone with painted front panel depicting the Conquest of Trebizond

Artist: Attributed to workshop of Apollonio di Giovanni di Tomaso (Italian, Florence ca. 1416–1465 Florence) Date: after ca. 1461 Medium: Poplar wood, linen, polychromed and gilded gesso with panel painted in tempera and gold Accession: 14.39 On view in:Gallery 604

The Last Supper

Artist: Fra Damiano da Bergamo (Damiano di Antoniolo de Zambelli) (ca. 1480–1549) Date: 1548 Medium: Intarsia Accession: 42.57.4.108 On view in:Gallery 502