The Empress Kneels Before Saint Martin

South Netherlandish

Not on view

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.

The Empress Kneels Before Saint Martin, Silk and metal thread, and linen, South Netherlandish

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