English Medieval Embroidery Show to Open in London

Posted May 13, 2016 at 11:11 am in Art, News

THE Victoria and Albert Museum presents a rare opportunity to see outstanding examples of English needlework from the 11th and 16th centuries in Opus Anglicanum, Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery. A magnificent display of secular and ecclesiastical garments, the exhibition reveals the richness and complexity of these unique textiles and provides a fascinating insight into the skill and craftsmanship of their makers.

Paris, musée de Cluny - musée national du Moyen Âge. CL20367a;CL20367b.Part of a horse trapper probably made for Edward III’s Court (detail) 1330-40. Photograp © RMN –
Grand Palais (Musée de Cluny – Musée National du Moyen Âge) / Frank Raux

One of the most exciting treasures on view is a fragment from Thomas Becket’s cope, a relic which exemplifies the astonishing survival of these finely worked pieces. Apart from embroidery, a display of sculpture, metalwork, manuscripts and painting also bring context to the period.

83-1864 The Syon Cope; embroidered in coloured silks & silver-gilt thread with the Figures of Christ, The Virgin Mary & The Apostles; detail; English (Opus Anglitareum); Early 14th century.The Syon Cope (detail) 1310-1320. Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

by Miranda Charalambous

Opus Anglicanum, Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery is curated by Clare Browne, Glyn Davies and consultant curator Prof MA Michael and opens October 1 and runs until  February 5, 2017 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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