52 1/2 x 29 in. (133.4 x 73.7 cm)
(ca. 1472 - 1532)
Medium and Support:
Fabric, gold and silk embroidery
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Lovejoy
Location: Currently on view
A chasuble is the outer garment worn by a priest or bishop when celebrating the Mass, the core sacred ritual of the Roman Catholic faith. The embroidered bands down the front and back, called orphreys, depict events from the life of the Virgin Mary.
Clues to the origin and date of the chasuble emerge from both the medium and the design of the orphreys. While the gold thread and velvet suggest a Spanish origin, the designs themselves have been attributed to the famous Flemish artist Jan Gossaert. The designs may have been commissioned by a Spanish patron. Such an alliance is well imaginable, as during the 1520s both Spain and the Netherlands were ruled by the Hapsburg family; trade, both artistic or mercantile, flourished between the two territories.
[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]