Oct 27, 2021
Oct 27, 2021
Oct 27, 2021
Oct 27, 2021
Oct 27, 2021
Oct 27, 2021

Christ Gathering Roses, Centerpiece of an Altar Cloth(?)

Christ Gathering Roses, Centerpiece of an Altar Cloth(?)

early to mid-1400s

Linen: plain weave; silk: embroidery (split stitch)

Overall: 85.1 x 92.1 cm (33 1/2 x 36 1/4 in.)

Gift of Elizabeth and Martin David in memory of the Heidenhain family 2021.238

Location

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The Christ child has put aside his globe to devote himself entirely to picking flowers.

Description

The altar cloth was probably made for a southern German convent in the 15th century. While the focus on the Christ child is typical for female spirituality in the late Middle Ages, there are no comparative examples for the Christ child picking flowers. The detailed depiction of plants and flowers is of unusual quality for the embroideries of this period.

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