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

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

Date:

1906/49 (based on 15th–century Venetian design)

Artist:

Designed by Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (Italian, born Spain, 1871–1949)
Italy, Venice

About this artwork

Mariano Fortuny experimented with new methods of manufacture in order to emulate the look of Renaissance velvets. By juxtaposing his printed panel with a 15th-century woven design (such as the example to the right), the similarities I their undulating floral and pomegranate motifs become apparent. Fortuny’s metallic pigments, printed onto the rich burgundy surface of the velvet, compress the pile, creating the appearance of a cut and voided velvet. With his inventive methods, Fortuny sought to renew history and rewrite luxury for the modern consumer.
—Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry, Oct 21, 2016-Mar 19, 2017, Galleries 57-59

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (Designer)

Title

Panel

Origin

Venice

Date

Made 1906–1949

Medium

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

Dimensions

174.1 × 59.8 cm (68 1/2 × 23 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Grace R. Smith Textile Endowment

Reference Number

1986.47

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