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Lectern cloth with Saint...
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Anonymous

Lectern cloth with Saint John the Evangelist on Patmos

Valencia (?) (fabric and braids); Catalonia, Sant Joan de les Abadesses (?) (embroidery)
Fabric and braids (late 16th - early 17th C.), embroidery (late 14th - early 15th C.)
Fabric: damask, white silk warp and weft; Braids: silk and gold; Embroidery: linen tabby, polychrome silk, gold and silk threads, satin fabric
240 x 56 cm
From the monastery of Sant Joan de les Abadesses (Ripollès)
MEV 723

Fabric with a damask background, five satin base, warp and weft of white silk; made on the draw loom. Braiding fringe of white silk, braids of white silk and gold, both done on the braid loom. Fabric made almost certainly in Valencia. Fringe perhaps made in Catalonia. Decorated with embroidery on a linen tabby base placed in a frame and applied later to the damask cloth. The embroidery is picturial, made of polychrome needle painted silks; gold and silver couching point and cordwork and with red silk satin applied on the damask. Almost certainly done in a workshop in Sant Joan de les Abadesses. The damask has a decoration of large lozenges with arms formed by intertwining branches; in the centre they have a sort of vase from which comes a pomegranate with leaves stretching upwards. A type of pattern very characteristic of the fabrics made at the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century. Decoration applied embroidered with the figure of Saint John the Evangelist on the island of Patmos. He is standing on a plinth of rhomboidal tiles. He is dressed in a tunic and cloak with very perfect drapes. In his left hand he is holding a chalice by the base, inside which is the devil in the form of a dragon, and with his right hand he is blessing. The iconography corresponds to an episode in the life of the saint on the island of Patmos, where he defeats the devil who is trying to take the place of the Sacred Host in a chalice. The saint's figure is framed by four flowers, two above and two below. They are roses with the corolla of red taffeta and the stalk and the leaves of silks and gold. The embroidery is from the end of the 15th or the beginning of the 16th century. The embroidery work is highly refined and technically perfect. Stylistically it corresponds to the final stages of Gothic. It was part of another liturgical piece and was transferred to a later fabric, almost certainly during the first half of the 17th century, something very common in the history of liturgical ornaments and which has occurred with many others in the Museu Episcopal de Vic's collections.


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