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Altar frontal: Devices of Barberini Family

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Ground of brocade woven with red and white silk and metal yarns of three types. Formal, symmetrical pattern showing sun faces and bees surrounded by conventionalized leaves and blossoms. Panels bordered with gold galloon. Central panel shows a silver and gold monstrance rendered in laid work;...

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About 1953, Renato Bacchi, Milan; by 1953, sold by Bacchi to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1955, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $950. (Accession Date: March 10, 1955)

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund

Italian, 17th century

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235 x 99 cm (92 1/2 x 39 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk; brocade


Textiles and Fashion Arts