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Panel from a Lady's Evening Tunic

A work made of silk, plain weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut, solid velvet; screen printed.

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  • A work made of silk, plain weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut, solid velvet; screen printed.

Date:

c. 1920

Artist:

Designed by Maria Monaci Gallenga (Italian, 1880–1940)
Italy, Rome

About this artwork

A silk and gold textile fragment from the 12th century in the collection of the British Museum inspired Gallenga’s pattern design for this dress panel. Rather than weaving the design into the velvet with gilt thread, Gallenga hand-painted blocks that were then used to print the design onto the solid blue velvet. Her printing technique, in which she blended metallic and/or colored pigments to create a subtle and timeworn appearance, resulted in a decidedly innovative and modern effect.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Maria Monaci Gallenga

Title

Panel from a Lady's Evening Tunic

Origin

Rome

Date

Made 1910–1930

Medium

Silk, plain weave with supplementary pile warps forming cut, solid velvet; screen printed

Dimensions

146.9 × 45.9 cm (57 1/2 × 18 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Edward K. Aldworth

Reference Number

1986.15

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