Altar Frontal - inv. 3203 a/b

Titolo: 
Fragment of an Altar Frontal
Numero di Inventario: 
3203a 3203b
Tipologia: 
textiles
Collezione: 

Textiles

Parole chiave soggetto: 
ornamental plants
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Venice, 15th century
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Italy
Veneto
Venice
Periodo: 
1400
Datazione specifica: 
1425-1450
Libri correlati: 
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Materia e Tecnica: 
silk
velvet
Data di Ingresso: 
1883
Tipo di acquisizione: 
acquisition
Collocazione riservata: 
Uffici
Tipo di collocazione: 
deposit
Mostre: 
Collocazione: 
not on display

This red silk velvet looks like a bas-relief and is of very high quality. The ivory weft forms the more distant of the two planes, while the pattern, colour on colour, is created by the two different heights of the pile. The weaver combined the grid pattern, used for the outlines of the leaves, trunks and thistle flowers, with the “high-low” technique used for the pile. The decorative pattern combines two subjects that were widespread in the fifteenth century: the griccia motif, consisting of large lobed leaves on undulating trunks, and the a cammino motif, with bands of leaves and thistle flowers. The fabric was part of an altar frontal (as shown by the upper band of ornament decorated with a cross), which, in the 19th century, was cut into pieces to be sold separately.