More Sacred Vestments in Art

We have collected another series of painted depictions that feature vestments as part of their composition. Frequently these depictions can give one a sense of the designs of the various regions and periods in which they were painted, thus giving us an insight into vestment histoty. Of course, they also provide a broader insight into the history of textiles more generally as well, insofar as these would have been used for both sacred and secular purposes. 

What I would draw your attention to in these examples then are everything from the colours and designs on the fabrics, down to the particular cut and other smaller details -- be it fringes, tassels, or what not.  Observing these details can both inform us with a better historical sense of vestment works down the ages, and can further inform us as to elements that we might look to adopt in our own contemporary work as part of fostering and preserving this venerable tradition. 

"Apparition of the Virgin to St. Lawrence," El Greco, 1578-1580
"Madonna col Bambino e i santi Giacomo, Giovanni Battista, Stefano papa e Francesco," Pietro Berretini da Cortona, 1626-1628
Ss. Fabiano and Sebastian, artist unknown. 
"Pope Pius II," Cristofano dell'Altissimo, 16th century
"Madonna with Ss. John the Evangelist and Gregory the Wonderworker," Guercino, 1639
St. Ambrose by Francisco de Zubaran, 17th century
"St. Nicholas Resurrecting Three Children," 1503-1508
"St. Stephen Accused of Blasphemy," Juan de Juanes, 1555-1562
"St. Vincent de Zaragoza in Jail," Francesco Ribalta, 16th-17th century
"St. Vincent, Martyr." Espinosa, ca. 1700-1725
"The Veneration of the Eucharist," Jacob Jordaens, 1629-1631
"Sao Vicente," Diogo de Contreras, ca. 1521-1562
"St. Athanasius," Maestro de San Ildefonso, 15th-16th century
Detail from the Portinari triptych: "Adoration of the Shepherds," Hugo van der Goes, 1476-1479

"Ss. Hermagorus and Fortunatus," Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1736

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