Panel of velvet

Date: early 16th century

Culture: Italian

Medium: Silk and metal thread

Dimensions: Overall: 43 x 25 3/4 in. [loom width] (109.2 x 65.4 cm);
Mounted on board in plexi box: 46 x 29 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. (116.8 x 74.6 x 6.7 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Velvets

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1953

Accession Number: 53.157


This splendid crimson velvet with pink voided areas and others brocaded with silver-wrapped yellow thread reflects the international style common in Turkey, Iran, Syria, and Egypt in the late fifteenth century. Yet, because of the mutual exchange of artistic vocabularies, especially in the production of velvets, there remains the possibility that this textile was actually woven in Venice.