1586 Lauenberger Fuerstengruft: silk velvet and metal embroidered coat

1586 coat of Duke Duke Wilhelm V, silk velvet, heavily embroidered with a variety of gold and silver threads. Found in the Lauenburger crypt and displayed in the Bavarian National Museum in Munich. Tradition has it that Duke Wilhelm wore this coat at his wedding with Duchess Renata of Lorraine.

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Please note that photos have been adjusted via increased highlight and brightness. Full set on Flickr:

c.1400 embroidered silk chasuble (paraments)

Photos taken in December 2015 in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg.

Chasuble, formerly in St Mary’s church (Gdanks) now in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg.
Italian silk damask, lining Portuguese silk lampas, silk and gold metal embroidery Prague c.1400.

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Flickr set:

1501 portraits of Nuremberg Muenzmeister and wife

Photos taken in December 2015 in the Bavarian National Museum, Munich.

This is an interesting example of what many call the ‘Hausbuch’ dress, and shows the transition period well.

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Flickr set:

c.1200 gold embroidered mitre (Bavarian National Museum)

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English embroidery (gold couching on samit weave silk) from c.1200. The mitre depicts the stoning of St. Stephen and the murder of Thomas Becket.

Silk 12th century, Asia Minor or Byzanz. Embroidery England. From monastery Seligenthal in Landshut, now at the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Landshut. Photos taken in December 2015.

c.1455 Columba Altar details, Rogier van der Weyden (Alte Pinakothek, Munich)

c. 1455 Altar triptych by Rogier van der Weyden (1399-1464)

The altar triptych got its name from its place of origin, the church of St Columba in Cologne. The central panel shows the Adoration of the Magi, the left wing depicts the Annunciation, and the right wing the Presentation in the Temple.

Details of footwear:

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Details of fabric (two Kings on centre panel, one priest on right wing):

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The complete set of photographs can be found on Flickr.

Museum Photos: 1180 bronze statuettes ‘The Four Elements’ (Bavarian National Museum, Munich)

I went on a fieldtrip to Bavaria before Christmas, to Munich and Nuremberg, but more on that later.

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For now some photos of small bronze statuettes from 1180, which were taken in the Bavarian National Museum in Munich.

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Museum photos: 1535-40 Passion shrine sculpture (Schnuetgen Museum, Cologne)

It is rare to find three-dimensional depictions of clothing, but with this wood-sculpted shrine from 1535-40 (Lower Rhine area) we have access to a variety of angles and views of dress of the period. Depicted is the Passion of Christ, with protagonists dressed in high fashion.

I am planning to return to the Museum Schnuetgen, which is truly a treasure trove for late medieval textiles, plus so much more, and when I do I will make sure my camera’s battery does not run out midway through. As it was, the photos were taken by my usual camera and also by my phone. Fortunately the quality of the latter was better than I had feared.

Enjoy the top, back, front, side, upwards and downwards views of sculpted dress-details.

Museum photos: 1549 panel of Colonel Wilhelm Froelich (Landesmuseum Zuerich)

Goodness, where did the last two months and a bit go? In a work-mad blur of the new academic year! Anyway, here are some close-up photos of the Swiss Colonel Wilhelm Froelich, who ignored Zwingli’s Reisläufer ban and went to war for the French side. This meant that he lost his status as a Zürich citizen, but in 1556 he was ennobled by the French king.

Museum info:
Tafelgemälde. Herrenporträt Wilhelm Frölich. Ganzfiguriges Bildnis mit Wappen und Oberwappen der Familie Frölich. Maler Hans Asper. Öl auf Holz, Tempera;; Rahmen: Holz. Datiert 1549. Masse: Höhe 213 cm, Breite 111 cm. (LM-8622)

Museum Photos: 1660-80 pink stays (V&A museum)

1660-80 pink silk stays, Victoria & Albert museum. Photos taken in April 2003.

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O10446/stays-and-busk-unknown/

Place of origin: Holland (possibly, made)

Date: 1660-1680 (made)

Materials and Techniques: Watered silk, silk ribbon, linen, baleen, silk thread, hand sewn, hand embroidered

Museum number: T.14&A-1951