About This Artwork

Italy or Spain

Two Panels, 1550/1600

Silk, plain weave with silvered-metal strip supplementary facing wefts bound by secondary binding warps and supplementary pile warps forming cut and uncut voided "velvet"
a: 194 x 58.7 cm (76 3/8 x 23 1/8 in.)
b: 41.5 x 58.4 cm (16 3/8 x 23 in.)
Repeat: 43.3 x 28.7 cm (17 x 11 1/4 in.)

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through the Antiquarian Society, 1900.432a-b

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, "The Antiquarian Society of the Art Institute of Chicago: The First One Hundred Years," April 23–June 19, 1977

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Sumptuous Velvets from the Permanent Collection," March 1–June 1, 1980

The Art Institute of Chicago, Elizabeth F. Cheney and Agnes Allerton Textiles Galleries, "A Birthday Celebration: 100 Years of Antiquarian Society Textile Collection (1890–1990)" September 11, 1991–February 17, 1992

The Art Institute of Chicago, The Elizabeth F. Cheney and Agnes Allerton Textile Galleries, "Renaissance Velvets and Silks," December 18, 2002–April 13, 2003

Publication History

Ruth Gasthaus, Brigitta Schmedding, and Carl-Woflgang Schümann. Samte. Velvets. Velours. Das Testilmuseum Drefeld zu Gast bei der Girmes-Werke Aktiengesellschaft aus Anlaß des hundert-jährigen Jubilaums in Landaus Grefath-oedt. 13 May–10 Une, 1979. Entry No. 5.

John W. Keefe. The Antiquarian Society: The First One Hundred Years (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1977), p. 194, no. 256.

Ownership History

Purchased from Guiseppe Salvadori, via dei Fossi, Florence, Italy - April 11, 1900 (1540 lira).

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