Until Tuesday, December 10, 2013, an installation at the Cleveland Museum of Art presents some 15 sumptuous Italian complex ecclesiastical silks, velvets, embroideries and altar frontals of the 14th and 15th centuries from the CMA’s world-class collection.
Six-colour Velvet Chasuble Front with Animal Pattern, Italy, early 15th century. The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1928.653
The Annunciation, Italy, last third 14th century. Silk, gilt-metal thread; a combination of two weaves (lampas), h:46.40 w:22.90 cm (18 1/4 w:9 inches). The Cleveland Museum of Art. Dudley P. Allen Fund 1931.61
Silk, polychrome velvet: cut pile, Italy. :h80.00 w:57.20 cm (h:31 7/16 w:22 1/2 inches). The Cleveland Museum of Art. Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1943.66
Embroidery from an Altar Frontal: Coronation of the Virgin, possibly 1459. Italy, Florence, 15th century. Embroidery: gold, silver, and silk thread; split, satin, and couching stitches; or nué (shaded gold), H:57.80 w:57.80 cm (h:22 3/4 w:22 3/4 inches). The Cleveland Museum of Art. Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1953.129