About This Artwork

Probably Italy or Sicily

Chasuble, 1601/75

Silk, warp-float faced satin weave; underlaid with linen, plain weave; embroidered with linen, silk, gilt-metal strips, and gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk in satin and split stitches; laid work, couching, padded couching; beaded with coral beads; edged with gilt-metal strip and gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk, twill and plain weaves; lined with silk, plain weave
113.5 x 66.8 cm (44 5/8 x 26 1/4 in.)

Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. John V. Farwell III, 1965.773

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, Masterpieces of Western Textiles, January 25–March 2, 1969

The Art Institute of Chicago, Raiment for the Lord's Service: A Thousand Years of Western Vestments
November 15, 1975–January 18, 1976

The Art Institute of Chicago, Agnes Allerton Gallery
Vestments and Liturgical Textiles from the Permanent Collection, July 27–October 9, 1983

The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of European Decorative arts, Gunsaulus Hall, September 6, 1988- April 10, 1989

The Art Institute of Chicago, Elizabeth F. Cheney and Agnes Allerton Textile Galleries, European Textile Masterpieces from Coptic Times through the 19th Century, September 27, 1989– January 22, 1990

The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of European Decorative arts, Gunsaulus Hall, May 2- July 2, 1990

The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of European Decorative arts, Gunsaulus Hall, March 20- August 11, 1992

The Art Institute of Chicago, Elizabeth F. Cheney and Agnes Allerton Textile Galleries, Textile Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago's Collection, February 17–May 10, 1993

The Art Institute of Chicago, Elizabeth F. Cheney and Agnes Allerton Textile Galleries, Gloria in Excelsis Deo: Heralding a Vestment Collection, September 11, 1996–January 12, 1997

The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of European Decorative arts, Gunsaulus Hall, April 22- August 22, 2003

Publication History

Christa Charlotte Mayer. Masterpieces of Western Textiles from the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1969), pp. 154-5.

Virginia Churchill Bath. Embroidery Masterworks (Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1972), pp. 124-130.

Christa C. Mayer Thurman. Textiles in The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1992), pp. 48-50, 145.




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