The Cleveland Museum of Art

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Chasuble, 1675-1699

embroidery, silk and metallic threads, on silk tabby sewn down on a linen tabby ground, Overall: 116.85 x 78.10 cm (46 x 30 11/16 inches). John L. Severance Fund 1971.235

This rare chasuble, a liturgical vestment worn over an alb, decorated with angels, musicians, pomegranates, and flowers represents Sacred and Profane Love. This is indicated by two figures—a clear-sighted figure embracing a blindfolded figure—standing on a globe in the upper center and also by the musicians. The angels play soft-sounding instruments (harpsichords, harps, viole da barccio, and flutes) while earthly figures play loud instruments (tambours and hunting horns). This chasuble was most likely part of a liturgical set commissioned for a wedding. The entire chasuble is embroidered with silk and metal thread laid over linen and stitched in place. The exceptionally fine workmanship, lavish use of gold and silver, and brilliant silk thread create this sumptuous vestment.

Chicago, IL: The Art Institute of Chicago, November 11, 1975-January 18, 1976, Vestments
CMA: Lutes, Lovers, and Lyres: Musical Instruments in the Collection, February 14-June 11, 1989, no cat.

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