Medallion showing Saint Francis

Probably Italian
late 16th–early 17th century

Object Place: Italy (probably)


43.2 x 57.2 cm (17 x 22 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen ground with silk taffeta ground applied for flesh areas, with silk and gold metal wrapped thread embroidery

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Medallion showing St. Francis. Polychrome silks and gilded yarns embroidered on coarse tabby-woven linen ground, except in flesh areas where ground is fine silk taffeta; long flat stitches, couching, and split stitch. Background resembles loose or nué technique. The Saint, in brown habit, with golden halo and cross, stands in center foreground, against a background of green hills, white buildings, blue mountains and sky. Yellow frame-like border. Probably once part of an altar frontal or dorsal.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb in memory of their mother Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb