Friday, 23 August 2013

Medieval images from the Vatican Museum

We were lucky enough to get a few days in Rome this summer. Of course there were a lot of beautiful things from different eras of European history there. Here are some images from the medieval period.

Detail of tapestry from the Vatican Museum

A reliquary, showing saints bones in a box decorated with pictures of holy lives.

Another reliquary.
Again, the decoration is separated into compartments,
and there is a distinct reliance on gold to express the importance of this object.

This is a detail of a cope decorated with fine embroidery (behind glass).
Although there was no label to it, there were details which made me think it may be opus anglicanum, including the use of split stitch, and the the shapes surrounding the pictures.  

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