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Piece

Date:
16th century
Culture:
Italian, probably Venice
Medium:
Silk
Dimensions:
Overall: 25 x 23 3/4 in. (63.5 x 60.3 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Velvets
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.156.133
Not on view
Velvet with the pattern delineated solely by the contrast between two heights of the dense silk velvet pile was particularly popular in the sixteenth century. This pattern of lobed palmettes, sometimes incorporating crowns, was made into robes or sashes worn by the senators of the Venetian Republic. It was also used to make ecclesiastical vestments. The crimson shade is associated with the Venetian senators, but the Museum also has an example woven in deep blue silk.
[ Giorgio Sangiorgi , Rome, until 1946; to Loewi ] ; [ Adolph Loewi , Los Angeles, 1946; sold to MMA ]
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