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The textile used in this chasuble is iconic of the early Renaissance period and highly valued; it is this type of textile that is often seen in religious paintings of the time. The complex and expensive weave structure incorporates pile-on-pile weaving, as well as gold metallic loops within the velvet that add extra glitter and shading. The three-dimensional surface is achieved through the use of different lengths of pile. The figures have been identified as a youthful St. John the Evangelist, holding the cup of poison that did not harm him; St. Andrew, with the book and X-shaped cross with which he is associated; a bearded St. Paul, holding a book and a sword; St. Thomas, holding a book and a carpenter's angle; and, possibly, St. Philip, holding a book and a staff with a red cross on one end.

Chasuble, Silk, metal, linen, Italian

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