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.
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.
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.Tags: craftsmanship > embroidery > exhibition > garments > London > manuscripts > Medieval > metalwork > needlework > painting > sculpture > textiles > Victoria and Albert Museum