Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Recommended reading

I'm so busy with the house, that I haven't got energy left for embroidery (too bad!)

But I did found an interesting paper that I wanted to show you:

Young. B. (1970), Needlework by nuns: a medieval religious embroidery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, February 1970, pp262-277

It's in the Utrecht University Library, and copies are also available via amazon or abebooks.

The paper presents a detailed description of a late 14th century German wallhanging embroidered in silk and linen, for a picture, click here

Young describes the socio-historical context, compares the wallhanging with other contemporary works, explains its iconography and even gives some technical details. I've only had a quick glance at the paper, so I can't give specific details yet.

A detail that suprised me, is that the faces and other details are actually painted on the embroidery! I think that's funny!

Here are some close ups of the journal's cover:


Arachne said...

Wow! That's an amazing piece of embroidery. The picture on the magazine cover alone makes it seem worth while to track down that article!

Machteld said...


But, the pictures inside are black and white, and smaller, so a little les detailed...

Racaire said...

do you have a ISBN number of this book? (I couldn't find it at the i-net)
Thanks for sharing this information :)

Machteld said...

It's a journal, so instead of an isbn it has an issn number : ISSN 0026-1521

If you search for

" metropolitan bulletin art february 1970"

www.abebooks.com or amazon.com, you can stil find copies for about 8 dollar

Jerusha said...

Cool! I don't think I was following your blog hwhen you posted this.

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