About This Artwork

Italy or Spain

Chasuble (Back Only), 16th century

Silk and gilt- and silvered-metal-strip-wrapped silk, warp-float faced 2:1 twill weave with gilt-metal wire supplementary patterning wefts bound by secondary binding warps in twill interlacings and supplementary patterning and brocading wefts forming weft loop pileSilk and gilt- and silvered-metal-strip-wrapped silk, twill weave with gilt-metal wire supplementary patterning wefts bound by secondary binding warps in twill interlacings and supplementary patterning and brocading wefts forming weft loop pileSilk and gilt- and silvered-metal-strip-wrapped silk, twill weave with gilt-metal wire supplementary patterning wefts bound by secondary binding warps in twill interlacings and supplementary patterning and brocading wefts forming weft loop pile
94.5 x 44.4 cm (37 1/4 x 17 1/2 in.)

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through the Antiquarian Society, 1911.356

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

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, 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, Elizabeth F. Cheney and Agnes Allerton Textile Galleries, A Birthday Celebration: 100 Years of Antiquarian Society Textile Collecting 1890–1990, September 11–February 17, 1992

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, Elizabeth F. Cheney and Agnes Allerton Textile Galleries, Renaissance Velvets and Silks, December 18, 2002–April 13, 2003

Publication History

Christa Charlotte Mayer. Masterpieces of Western Textiles from The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1969), p. 77, pl. 54.

The Antiquarian Society of the Art Institute of Chicago, The First One Hundred Years. Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1977. Plate 225, page 194.

Ruth Grönwoldt. "Notes on Italian and Spanish Textiles of the Seventeenth Century." Sonderdruck aus. Studies in Textile History in memory of Harold Burnham, (Toronto: 1977), pp. 126-132.

John W. Keefe. The Antiquarian Society of The Art Institute of Chicago, The First One Hundred Years (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1977), p. 194, pl. 225.

Ownership History

Purchased from dealer L. Bernheimer, Munich, Germany, May 1911




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