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English Medieval Embroidery

Opus Anglicanum

Clare Browne Glyn Davies M. A. Michael



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Yale University
15 October 2016
In medieval Europe, embroidered textiles were indispensable symbols of wealth and power. Owing to their quality, complexity, and magnificence, English embroideries enjoyed international demand and can be traced in Continental sources as opus anglicanum (English work). This sumptuously illustrated book draws on new research and detailed photography to offer an introduction to their design, production, and use. Essays by leading experts explore the embroideries' artistic and social context, while catalogue entries examine individual masterpieces. Medieval embroiderers lived in a tightly knit community in London, and many were women who can be identified by name today. Comparisons between their work and contemporary painting challenge modern assumptions about the hierarchy of artistic media. Contributors consider an outstanding range of surviving examples, highlighting their exquisite craftsmanship and exploring the world in which they were created. ]]>
Edited by:   Clare Browne, Glyn Davies, M. A. Michael
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 297mm,  Width: 259mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   1.964kg
ISBN:   9780300222005
ISBN 10:   0300222009
Pages:   324
Publication Date:   15 October 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Clare Browne is a curator of textiles, and Glyn Davies is a curator of medieval art at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. M. A. Michael is professorial fellow, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow.

Reviews for English Medieval Embroidery: Opus Anglicanum

Not only a catalogue and scholarly monograph, but a visual feast, with magnificent colour plates on virtually every page, bursting at the seams with titbits of fascinating information. It's the sort of book that makes you want to hug yourself with glee: revelatory and as exquisitely produced as the medieval embroidery it celebrates. -Juliet Barker, Literary Review -- Juliet Baker Literary Review Superb, razor-sharp reproductions which give a proper sense of the beauty and power of the medium... its intellectual value is undoubted. -Paul Binski, Art Newspaper -- Paul Binski Art Newspaper You do not need to know a chasuble from a cope to be dazzled by the artistry on display here, photographed in extreme close-ups or unfurled across double-page spreads. -Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, Ornament -- Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell Ornament The most substantial work to appear on the subject of opus anglicanum since the monumental tome of 1938 by A. G. I. Christie, English Medieval Embroidery... An indispensible and up-to-date resource both for specialists and for all those curious about the aesthetic beauty and liturgical function of textiles in the Middle Ages. -Warren T. Woodfin, Marginalia Review of Books -- Warren T. Woodfin Marginalia Review of Books

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