Piece, Silk and metal thread, Italian

Piece

Date:
second half 15th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Silk and metal thread
Dimensions:
L. 24 x 23 inches (61.0 x 58.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Velvets
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.156.137
Not on view
The coat-of-arms of the Galilei family of Florence is represented by the small ladder with three rungs under the cross in the center of the velvet. Along the bottom is part of a scroll that, if complete, appears to have read "Benedetto Ghalilei." This velvet, with its particularly lavish use of gold metal thread and the incorporation of the cross, may have been used in a set of ecclesiastical vestments for a family chapel.
Inscription: On cross: •I•N•R•I• [Jesus Nazarenus Rex Judaeorum (Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews)]

Across bottom of piece: [B]enedett[o] Ghalile[i] (Galilei)
[ Giorgio Sangiorgi , Rome, until 1946; to Loewi ] ; [ Adolph Loewi , Los Angeles, 1946; sold to MMA ]