About this artwork
This velvet features a skyline of domed churches and bell towers, possibly referencing an Italian city such as Venice or Rome. The representation of the urban environment is unusual in a velvet design from the mid-1930s, despite the fact that other textiles and designed objects from this period employ architectural motifs. Rubelli, the Venetian firm that produced this velvet, is better known for producing patterns inspired by the past—a further indication of this example’s experimental and exceptional nature.
—Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry, Oct 21, 2016-Mar 19, 2017, Galleries 57-59
Currently Off View
- Guido Cadorin
- Cotton, silk and silvered-metal strip, plain weave with supplementary patterning wefts and pile warps forming cut voided velvet
- 168.5 x 62.5 cm (66 3/8 x 24 1/2 in.) Warp repeat: 28.6 cm 28.6 cm (11 1/4 in.)
- Gift of the Woman's Board in honor of 30-year docents Mrs. Seymour Nordenberg, Mrs. Robert Powell, Ms. Elizabeth Robson, Mrs. Nelson Smyth and Mrs. Vernon Wagner