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  Mit grossen Freuden, Triumph und Köstlichkeit

Textile Schätze aus Renaissance und Barock

aus den Sammlungen des Bayerischen Nationalmuseums;
von Birgitt Borkopp-Restle, hgg von Renate Eikelmann mit Beiträgen von Dagmar Drinkler, Thessy Schoenholzer-Nichols und Johannes Pietsch
München, 2002

in german language

ISBN 3-925058-48-6, 223 pages, lavishly illustrated, describes all textile objects in great detail.
Euro 25.-orders by telephone: (089) 21124-296

  Surviving examples of 16th and 17th centuries textile art are very rare; those that have come down to us must be exhibited with extreme care. This autumn and winter, a special exhibition presented by the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum offers a unique opportunity to discover ingenious techniques and sophisticated patterns of decoration in woven silks, embroideries, tapestries and lace in precious clothes and accessories.

With great joy, triumph and splendour, the wedding of Duke William V. of Bavaria to Princess Renata of Lorraine was celebrated at the Munich court in 1568. A contemporary chronicle recorded the festivities; its detailed descriptions and illustrations clearly reveal the important part that textiles played in the decoration of court galleries and tournament tiltyards and, of course, in the sumptuous clothes worn by the princely couple and their guests.
A silk velvet cloak, lavishly decorated with gold and silver embroidery that the duke sported for the occasion, belongs to the treasured possessions of the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum. But there are many more: Tapestries woven in gold and coloured silks that adorned state apartments and galleries at the Wittelsbach court, oriental carpets collected by the dukes, elegant doublets made of Italian silk and

from altar frontal, south germany, 1612-17,
Inv. Nr. T 1685

  decorated with fine braid, fans, gloves and purses, exquisite lace and delicate embroideries have all been collected here for their historical as well as their artistic value. They represent a wide range of materials, techniques and decorative devices corresponding to tastes and styles favoured by the nobility and by wealthy citizens.

Photographer Christin Losta, well-known for her sensitive and refinded style in fashion photography, has accompanied preparatory stages of the exhibition with her camera. Working in close contact with the conservators, she was free to develop her own prospects on the historical textiles, emphasizing the sculptural qualities of costume here, or the graphic precision in a piece of lace there ...

The resulting photographs are presented in a separate gallery adjoining the textile exhibition, allowing visitors to move between those very personal views and the objects that inspried them, and to make their own discoveries of fascinating details and unexpected beauties.

from chasuable, south germany, third quarter 17th c.
Inv.Nr. 65/214.1


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