Opus Anglicanum: Victoria and Albert Style
“Explore a selection of the most outstanding examples of English Medieval embroidery.
Featuring surviving examples of exquisite craftsmanship, this exhibition will focus on the
artistic skill of the makers and the world in which they were created.”
If you are looking for a great excuse to plan a visit to the United Kingdom, I think I can help, courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum. This October there is a new exhibit opening featuring some stunning examples of Opus Angicanum. For those not familiar with this term, Opus Angicanum, or English Work, refers to the beautiful style of Ecclesiastical Embroidery worked during Medieval times.
This style of embroidery was worked to a very high standard, and and was much sought after by Popes and others. It featured beautiful embroidery techniques such as underside couching, and split stitching worked in a circular pattern to embroider faces. The above photo is the Bowden Butler Cope. This cope has quite an interesting tale to tell of it’s existence, with some of it happening within the past 50 to 70 years or so.
Another popular Medieval Embroidery technique was that of working embroidery designs and applying them to a velvet ground as in the above example. In the late 1800’s Mary Barber created a lovely collection of many of these examples of Opus Angicanum.
The cost of the Opus Anglicanum Exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum seems quite reasonable at £12. The only problem is the airfare and hotel………..at least from this side of the ocean.
For those lucky enough to be traveling to or who are in the UK in October, I hope you have a chance to see this wonderful exhibit.
Solo Dei Gloria
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