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Setting the Scene

European Painted Cloths from the Fourteenth to the Twenty-First Century

Editors  Nicola CostarasChristina Young

The potential for large sizes, portability and versatility for religious objects including banners, hangings, altarpieces and palls was the impetus for the emergence of fabrics as a painting support in Western art in the Middle Ages. The functionality of the works explains the survival of relatively few examples and although painted cloths were the most common form of interior decoration for centuries, they have received less attention from art historians and historians in part due to this poor survival rate.

While painted cloths were once commissioned for court functions, part of an elaborate display of royal power and magnificence, the same methods and materials continued to be used for scenic cloths.

The papers in this volume explore the use of painted cloths in religious ceremony, pageantry, domestic interiors and scenic art, focusing on their change of context and significance from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century and examining their different function, materials and method of creation.

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ISBN 9781904982906
Binding Paperback
Dimensions 210 x 297mm
Pages 132
Published October 2013
Price £39.50