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ENGLISH MEDIEVAL EMBROIDERY: OPUS ANGLICANUM. Clare Browne. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2016. Published in association with Yale University Press, New Haven. 336 pp. with 260 ills. (160 col.). 27 x 22 cm. ISBN 9780300222005 In English.
Due date: October 2016. Publisher's description: In medieval Europe, embroidered textiles were indispensable symbols of wealth and power. Owing to their quality, complexity, and magnificence, English embroideries enjoyed international demand and can be traced in Continental sources as opus anglicanum (English work). This sumptuously illustrated book draws on new research and detailed photography to offer an introduction to their design, production, and use. Essays by leading experts explore the embroideries' artistic and social context, while catalogue entries examine individual masterpieces. Medieval embroiderers lived in a tightly knit community in London, and many were women who can be identified by name today. Comparisons between their work and contemporary painting challenge modern assumptions about the hierarchy of artistic media. Contributors consider an outstanding range of surviving examples, highlighting their exquisite craftsmanship and exploring the world in which they were created.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Textile/Fiber Arts
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 037436
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