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St. Martin and the Brigands; The Empress Kneels Before St. Martin

Date:
ca. 1430
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Silk and metal thread, and linen
Dimensions:
Diameter: 6 1/8in. (15.5cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1947
Accession Number:
47.101.63
  • Description

    This roundel originally formed part of an extensive series illustrating the life of St. Martin which decorated an altar frontal or a set of liturgical vestments. The silk and metallic threads produce a variety of textures and a sense of depth that animate the surface and the narrative. In the first scene St. Martin, on his way home to convert his parents, is assaulted by brigands-an encounter which resulted in the conversion of the attackers. In the other the wife of the emperor Maximian kneels before St. Martin.

    Please note that this textile object is exhibited on a rotating basis due to conservation requirements.

  • Provenance

    [ Antonio Salvadori , Florence or Venice ? (sold 1929)] ; [ Brummer Gallery , Paris and New York (1929–sold 1947) ]

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