Altar Frontal

Altar Frontal

c. 1475
Country
Italy
altar frontal
Cut and voided velvet with two heights of pile, looped (boucle) details; silk and metal thread
Neusteter Textile Collection: Partial gift of Mrs. Churchill Owen and an Anonymous Donor
1961.66
. Altar Frontal. c. 1475. Cut and voided velvet with two heights of pile, looped (boucle) details; silk and metal thread. Neusteter Textile Collection: Partial gift of Mrs. Churchill Owen and an Anonymous Donor. 1961.66.
Dimensions
height: 29 in, 73.6600 cm; width: 81 in, 205.7400 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-European
Sumptuous and expensive, elaborately patterned velvets were used for furnishings and wall coverings, as well as for secular clothing and ecclesiastical vestments. Such fabrics also appear in Flemish Renaissance paintings as a cloth of honor hung behind the Virgin and Child, a saint, or a noble person.
Known Provenance
Purchased December 1961 from French & Company, Inc., New York, NY) by Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Time Warp: Historicism in Textile Design," April 24 - October 10, 1999 (DAM)

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