Exhibitions/ Art Object


mid-17th century
Italian, probably Venice
Plain-weave silk, brocaded
Neck to hem: L. 47 x W. 30 1/2 inches (119.4 x 77.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Richard J. Cross, William R. Cross Jr. and Dr. Thomas N. Cross, in memory of their mother, Mrs. William Redmond Cross, 1981
Accession Number:
Not on view
This Italian-woven silk exemplifies the conspicuous adaptation of a foreign design in a European-made fabric. The colorful stylized tulips and carnations arranged in rows of alternating diagonals imitate the more elegantly stylized floral silks and velvets of Safavid Iran. The design is augmented by the use of a number of colors of silk thread, arranged in no obvious pattern, for the flowers—a characteristic Safavid weaving technique intended to make a small repeat pattern appear more complex. The coat of arms embroidered on the cope links it to the Gradenigo family of Venice.
Dr. Richard J. Cross ; and Mr. William R. Cross Jr. ; and Dr. Thomas N. Cross (until 1981; to MMA)
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