Italy, Florence / Coronation of the Virgin from an Altar Frontal / c. 1430-1450Italy, Florence
Coronation of the Virgin from an Altar Frontal
c. 1430-1450

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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Florentine
Creator Dates/Places: Italy, Florence
Creator Active Place: Italy, Florence
Creator Name-CRT: Italy, Florence
Title: Coronation of the Virgin from an Altar Frontal
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1425
Creation End Date: 1455
Creation Date: c. 1430-1450
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Embroidery
Materials and Techniques: embroidery: silk, gold, and silver on linen
Dimensions: Diameter: 57.8cm
Inscriptions: the embroidery is backed by an old reused parchment with Latin writing over which in Italian is penned an inscription: "This pallioto was embroidered in the year 1486 by the venerable Margherita del Caccia nun of this monastery. . ." [It is difficult to know to what extent one should rely on this inscription as the style and technique both point clearly to an earlier date.]
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1953.129
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: (Erich Lederer, Geneva, Switzerland).
Context: Christ and the Virgin are surrounded by St. Anthony Abbot, St. Verdiana, and the Angels, some of whom play instruments: a harp, glittern, shawm, straight trumpet, vielle, and frame drum.In Florence, the most distinguished center of embroidery in Italy during the 14th-15th century, embroideries were sketched by painters and executed by professional embroiderers. This embroidery, judging by the style of the figures, may have been designed by the Florentine painter Paolo Schiavo (active 1430-60).
AMICA ID: CMA_.1953.129
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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