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Panel of velvet

mid-15th century
Italian or Spanish
Silk and metal-wrapped thread; pile-on-pile cut, voided, brocaded velvet with metal-wrapped thread loops
L. 65 1/2 x W. 22 1/2 inches (166.4 x 57.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
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 ]
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