The Sixteenth Century Vestments of San Lorenzo de el Escorial

In follow-up to yesterday's article, I wanted to show our readers a set of sacred vestments that our friend Nicola de Grandi documented while visiting the museums of Spain; a set of vestments from San Lorenzo de el Escorial which are dated to 1569-1572.

Regrettably, I have little more information about them, but I will comment that the set is characterized by a beautiful Renaissance velvet of red on gold that has been paired, to great effect, with exquisite embroidered panels of gold embroidered on red   I would comment that highly ornamental pairings such as this can easily go astray, coming across as too busy, but in my estimation this particular set shows how it can be done properly as the orphreys, shield and embroidered panels perfectly complement the main velvet textile that makes up the set. 

We shall begin with the cope:

The chasuble of the set has a particularly interesting cut, sitting part way between the baroque Roman chasuble and the so-called "Neri" chasuble as it has come to be popularly known.  It is worth reminding people that this chasuble dates to the 1500's and serves as a good reminder that these more truncated cuts have been around for half a millennium. 

Next we have one of the dalmatics (as well as its associated collarin) which is always, arguably, one of the highlights of vestments founded in the Spanish tradition:

Detail of the panel of the dalmatic

Detail of the sleeve of the dalmatic

Finally, as it is always easy for the underlying textile to get lost in the grander scheme of things, here is a detail of so that you don't miss it:

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