Set of liturgical vestments

Textiles and clothing


Fabric and braiding (first half of the 17th C.), embroidery (first half of 16th C. - first half of 17th C.)

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Fabric of red single corps cut velvet; silk main-warp and pile warp, silk wefts; made on the velvet draw loom. Braiding of silk and gold, cordwork and tassels of braiding made on braid loom. Velvet and braiding done in Valencia in the first half of the 17th century. Embroidered on a linen tabby base placed in a frame. Decorative embroidery of couched gold on the velvet. Figures embroidered on the scapular of the chasuble and on the medallions of the dalmatics are picturials, of needle-painted polychrome silks and of long stitch and of gold and silver couching point, chequered and filled, Embroidery done almost certainly in Vic. The velvet is decorated with stylised pinecones embroidered with gold thread and applied, from the first half of the 17th century, like the fabric. The sides of the chasuble are of embroidered velvet, common to the whole set. The scapular, i.e., the central band of the chasuble, is embroidered with figures; it is from an earlier chasuble and dates from the first quarter of the 16th century. The front of the scapular has two scenes with Saint Peter and an unidentified holy martyr. The scapular corresponding to the back of the chasuble has three scenes with the Virgin with the Child, Saint James the Greater and Saint Bartholomew. Stylistically the figures are reminiscent of late Gothic. The dalmatics have the decorative gold embroidery of the velvet. The paraments of the bottom of the sleeves and of the tail have medallions embroidered of silks and gold, surrounded by a chequered gold border in relief. Those on the bottom of the tail of one of them have in each medallion a holy bishop with the book in his hand. The medallions on the other one show Saint Mary Magdalene in the desert and an unidentified holy female martyr. The embroidery of the four medallions is of great technical perfection, done in 'nuancée' gold with polychrome silks, and corresponds to the last great moment of needle painted embroidery, the first half of the 17th century. The stoles have the same decorative embroidery on the velvet. The maniples too, which have strings and tassels of silk braiding, and the overcollars, which have strings and tassels of silk and gold braiding. The lectern cloth is only decorated with gold embroidery on the velvet.

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Room16 ,Floor1

9-10-11 Gothic Art

12-13-14 Renaissance

15-16 Textiles and Clothing

17 Glass

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Valencia (fabric and braiding); Catalonia (embroidery)


Fabric and braiding (first half of the 17th C.), embroidery (first half of 16th C. - first half of 17th C.)


Fabric: silk warp and weft, plain velvet; Braiding: silks and gold; Embroidery: silk and gold threads, linen tabby base, plain gold technique



Provenance unknown


MEV 16294