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Collection Online as of June 14, 2024

Embroidered Front of an Altar

Embroidered Front of an Altar

1600s - 1700s
Location: not on view


This spectacular cloth with raised three-dimensional embroidery embellished the front of an altar. Lavishly applied gilt-metal thread creates architectural embellishments enhanced by grand vases displaying sheaves of wheat in the upper corners and bunches of grapes in the center of the fringed over-frontal, referring to the bread and wine of the Mass. The central coat of arms represents the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, a Roman Catholic mendicant order established in 1218 by Saint Peter Nolasco in the city of Barcelona, Spain, then in the principality of Catalonia (crown of Aragon).
  • "The Relation of the Museum to Local Industry." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 5, no. 10 (1918): 122-31. Reproduced: p. 125
  • Opulent Fashion in the Church. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 19, 2016-October 2, 2017).
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