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Our Saviour Copenhagen

Our Saviour’s Church in Copenhagen

Our Saviour’s Church sits on the site of the temporary church that was inaugurated in 1639. The church that is there today, however, was built in 1680 and inaugurated on April 19th1696. The architect was Lambert van Haven, who designed the church in 1682 in the Dutch Baroque style. The floor plan is a Greek cross with the church being thirty-six meters high from floor to ceiling. The theological thought behind the church was to demonstrate that all creation has an order. First, the focus is on God, but divine right goes next to the king. The altar was designed by Swedish architect Nicodemus Tessin, and completed and inaugurated in 1732. Instead of choosing the popular choice of a crucifixion, Tessin worked to recreate the scene of the Garden of Gethsemane.

Nimbus of Christ

St. Leo’s Mosaic Christ

The lovely mosaic of Christ holding a book with the words “Ego Dominus Et Magister.” From a design standpoint, there are a few details in the mosaic that might provide interesting inspiration for some future design work. There is the number with the cross and diamond border. Imagine how beautiful that nimbus would translate in hand-embroidered silk and gold threads.  And the orphrey or colored band on Christ’s right shoulder is simple yet very nice. the lovely clouds filled with swirling movement. And the border of this mosaic has a scroll motif and a cross framed with an oval shape

Post Cards of Litany of Loreto Embroideries

Wish Lists Royal School of Needlework Style

Wishlist of the Royal School of Needlework for years, plans were cancelled by scheduling conflicts. Yet, browsing to their online store provided a silver lining. The Handbook of Embroidery catalog and some enticing embroidery While missing out the classes, the excitement of exploring these ecclesiastical embroidery treasures brings comfort.

Royal School of Needlework Exhibit

Royal School of Needlework Exhibit

The Royal School of Needlework has an exhibit titled:  ‘For Worship & Glory’ taking place at Chester Cathedral, 3 – 28 February 2016. The highlight of the exhibit is six pieces of the famous Litany of Lorento embroideries, which were donated to the Royal School by the nuns from the now-closed Convent of the Holy Child in Mayfield East Sussex. 

Liturgical Arts Resources

Liturgical Arts Resources

Liturgical Arts Resources link artists for inspiration. The Lutheran Art Resources site values quality in church aesthetics, focusing on unique paraments and vestments. Despite limited resources, various options exist for obtaining high-quality liturgical art. Scapegoat Studio Blog’s logos and Ad Crucem’s vibrant paintings, including Edward Riojas’s, add richness to this artistic community.

Books from past Exhibits at the Museum of the Visitation

Books from Musée de la Visitation

Visiting the Photo Galleries available on the Museum website offers a glimpse at many beautiful pieces of Ecclesiastical Embroider and Ecclesiastical Sewing. The orphrey on the cope in the above photo has some wonderful figure embroidery.  The top figures are Mary (Mater Dei) and Joseph. St. Francis is on the lower right, but the watermark blocks the name of the final figure.  The work is a very beautiful example of figure embroidery.

Regalia of a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece Habsburg Splendor at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Habsburg Splendor at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Featuring the Habsburg Splendor Exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, a showcase of exquisite goldwork embroidery. Don’t miss some pieces, including suits of armor, tapestries, curiosities, and renowned paintings by artists like Caravaggio and Hans Holbein. Visit the intricate details on the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s webpage for a closer look at this splendid collection.

Ely Cathedral Event

Ely Cathedral will be hosting a unique exhibition of Ecclesiastical Embroidery in partnership with the Royal School of Needlework. Over 60 displays will include significant pieces of needlework which have been worked on by the Royal School and which form part of their collection housed at Hampton Court Palace. One of the highlights of the exhibition is six of the twelve Litany of Loreto panels. They were bequeathed to the School by a convent in Sussex and are rarely on display to the public. Other pieces include depictions of theological figures and symbols using a wide range of threads and techniques, plus some rare examples of white work altar cloths, burses, stoles, and chalices. This unique exhibition will include artifacts from Ely Cathedral’s own collection including a Mediaeval Cope, an 18th-century gold vestment set, and the recently restored white altar frontal. As part of the event, we are delighted to have on display the 11th-century gilded bronze chasuble pin, originally from the tomb of Archbishop Wulfstan at Ely, and gifted to the Society of Antiquaries in 1771.

Butler Bowden Cope  -  Grace Christie Embroidery: A Collection of Articles on Subjects Connected with Fine Embroidery

Happy New Year

Post from Gracie Christie’s book Embroidery: A Collection of Articles on Subjects Connected with Fine Embroidery which had the design for the lion’s head worked in pearl and beadwork.  While updating links in that article, some other resources surfaced, which might provide enjoyable reading and viewing as the New Year gets underway.  The first stop is a short journey back in time to a previous Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Ecclesiastical Vestments of the Middle Ages: An Exhibition. 

Elizabeth – Watts and Co

The rich history of Watts and Co., there was one woman, Elizabeth Hoare, who played an unusual role in the company. During her period as owner, she was instrumental in preserving the labor of love created by needleworkers from the past generation. There was a time in our not-to-distant past when little value was placed on the hand-embroidered vestments and altar hangings worked during the late 19th and early to the mid-20th century. Elizabeth was responsible for keeping many works of art from being lost or destroyed, thus preserving a piece of vestment making history for generations to view, study and enjoy. Her collection grew over the years, and today, there is a permanent display located at Liverpool Cathedral – the Cathedral Gallery.

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