I’m a great fan of goldwork, especially the older stuff found on clothing, church vestments, and other museum pieces. I’m always looking for images – photos, paintings, etc. – of such work. I came across this one on wikipedia, of all places, and since their copyright agreement allows the reproduction of it, I thought I would share it with everyone, if you haven’t seen it.
The piece is stunning. I’m not sure what I like best about it – the arrangement of the design, the fact that it’s on blue, the lattice work in that central motif, with the little jewels – or the contrast formed by the white lace hanging in the upper right. I suspect that this is a robe on a statue of Mary in some church somewhere. On wikipedia it says something about St. Laurentius, and in the name of the photo included “mantle” and “olv.” The Latin at the base of the central motif translates to “as a lily among thorns.”
Whatever the case may be, the piece is gorgeous. I’ve left the full-sized image, so you can click on the photo and see it much larger. Enjoy!!