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Chasuble with Orphreys

Early 16th century


Canvas, gilt and silk thread, or nue (shaded gold) technique, patterned and obverse needlework; 113 x 69cm

This chasuble emroidery is made in the masterly technique or nue, which originated in Flanders in the 15th century. The gold threads of the cloth were covered with silk threads,with different amounts of gold showing through to give varied colour shades. This technique made it possible to convey modelling and chiaroscuro, and even perspective. Religious scenes and the figures of saints in a setting of architectural motifs on a golden ground were mostly taken from contemporary paintings.


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