Italian - Furnishing and Garment Fabric, 1475-1525

Italian

Furnishing and Garment Fabric, 1475-1525

Silk, cut voided velvet, shot and brocaded with gilt yarn, 152.4 x 58.4 cm (60 x 23 in.)

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Object details

Accession number

T27w62

Description

Pomegranates, Leaves

Provenance

Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection by 1888.

Bibliography

Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), pp. 237-38.
Adolph S. Cavallo. Textiles: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1986), p. 167, no. 125.
Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt. "Mrs. Gardner's Renaissance." Imaging the Self in Renaissance Italy. Fenway Court (1990-1991), pp. 10-30, no. 7.
Catherine M. E. Guth. "Dress, Self-Fashioning and Display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum" in Dress History: New Directions in Theory and Practice (London, 2015), p. 121, pl. 14.


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Commentary

American painter John Singer Sargent used this Italian voided velvet as inspiration for the background in his portrait of Mrs. Gardner in the Gothic Room on this floor.  In his rendering of the textile he enlarged the scale of its pattern some two or three times.