Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Orphrey Panels from a Chasuble

early 15th century
Made in Prague
Silk and metal thread
Overall (a-Chasuble): 39 1/4 × 29 in. (99.7 × 73.7 cm)
b-Christ the Redeemer: 20 11/16 × 8 5/16 in. (52.5 × 21.1 cm)
c-Coronation of the Virgin: 16 13/16 × 7 13/16 in. (42.7 × 19.8 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1961
Accession Number:
Not on view
The delicate facial features and soft, ornamental drapery outlining the body of Christ and the Virgin typify the style of the court school of Prague in the early fifteenth century, as does the embellishment of the background with golden disks. The embroidery is part of an orphrey that would have decorated a priestly robe.
Dr. Emil Delmar, Budapest and New York ; Dr. Emil Delmar Estate, Budapest and New York (sold 1961)
New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens. "Ecclesiastical Vestments of the Middle Ages: An Exhibition," March 1, 1971–December 31, 1971.

Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago. "Raiment for the Lord's Service: A Thousand Years of Western Vestments," November 15, 1975–January 18, 1976.

University Park, PA. Palmer Museum of Art. "The Art of the Needle," October 16, 1980–December 19, 1980.

Mannowsky, Walter. "Die Chormäntel." In Der Danziger Paramentenschatz, kirchliche Gewänder und Stickereien aus der Marienkirche. Ergänzungsband ; neue Funde, 1937. Berlin: Schmidt & Günther, 1938.

Kunstmuseum Bern and Conrad von Mandach. Kunst und Kunstgewerbe: Sonderausstellung 1939/40. Bern, 1939. no. 48, fig. 48.

Weibel, A. C. "A Late Medieval Chasuble Cross." The Art Quarterly 9 (1946).

L'art ancien en Tchécoslovaquie. Paris: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 1957.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ninety-First Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1960-1961." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 20, no. 2 (October 1961). p. 68.

Husband, Timothy B. "Ecclesiastical Vestments of the Middle Ages." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 29, no. 7 (March 1971). p. 286, fig. 4, 5.

Wilckens, Leonie von. Die textilen Künste: von der Spätantike bis um 1500. Munich: C. H. Beck, 1991. p. 252, fig. 283.

Boehm, Barbara Drake, and Jiri Fajt, ed. Prague: The Crown of Bohemia, 1347–1437. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. no. 94, pp. 241–42.

Fajt, Jiri, and Barbara Drake Boehm, ed. Karel IV., Císař Boží Milosti: Kultura a Umění za Vlády Posledních Lucemburků 1347–1437 (Charles IV, Emperor by the Grace of God: Culture and Art in the Reign of the Last of the Luxembourgs 1347–1437). Prague: Prague Castle Administration, 2006. no. 8.16.1-2, p. 67, (acc. no. misidentified as 6116.b–c).

Fajt, Jiri, and Barbara Drake Boehm, ed. Karl IV., Kaiser von Gottes Gnaden: Kunst und Repräsentation des Hauses Luxemburg 1310-1437. Munich: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2006. no. 87a–b, pp. 250–51, 253.

Fajt, Jiri, and Markus Hörsch, ed. Kaiser Karl IV., 1316–2016: Erste Bayerisch-Tschechische Landesausstellung. Ausstellungskatalog. K*700. Prague: Národní Galerie v Praze, 2016. p. 503.

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