English Medieval Embroidery: Opus Anglicanum
'It is not only a catalogue and scholarly monograph but also a visual feast, with magnificent colour plates on virtually every page, bursting at the seams with titbits of fascinating information. It’s the sort of book that makes you want to hug yourself with glee: revelatory and as exquisitely produced as the medieval embroidery it celebrates' - Literary Review
In medieval Europe, embroidered textiles were indispensable symbols of wealth and power. Owing to their quality, complexity, and magnificence, English embroideries enjoyed international demand and can be traced in Continental sources as opus anglicanum (English work). This sumptuously illustrated companion book to an exhibition at V&A (the first show in over 50 years to focus on this subject) draws on new research and detailed photography to offer an introduction to their design, production, and use.
Essays by leading experts explore the embroideries' artistic and social context, while catalogue entries examine individual masterpieces. Medieval embroiderers lived in a tightly knit community in London, and many were women who can be identified by name today. Comparisons between their work and contemporary painting challenge modern assumptions about the hierarchy of artistic media. Contributors consider an outstanding range of surviving examples, highlighting their exquisite craftsmanship and exploring the world in which they were created.
- Author: Clare Browne, curator of textiles, and Glyn Davies is a curator of medieval art at the Victoria and Albert Museum
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Date published: October 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0300222005
- Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 22.9 cm
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