The art of embroidery was considered among the most luxurious of the medieval period; sumptuous fabrics in silk, gold and silver thread, often depicting religious or secular narrative scenes, adorned altars and vestibules in churches, and the clothing and homes of the wealthy. This exhibition ranges across the main production centres of embroidered fabrics, from Florence to Flanders, and considers the role of these materials in commerce and social relations, as well as the development of artistic styles. The Cluny’s exceptional collection of embroidery from the 12th–16th centuries is complemented by loans of fragile fabrics from the V&A in London and the Royal Museums in Brussels. Find out more from the Cluny’s website.
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