Scenes from the Life of the Virgin (part of an orphrey for a cope, one of two)

Italian (Florence)
second half of 14th century

Object Place: Florence, Italy


33.5 x 109 cm (13 3/16 x 42 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton; embroidered; silk, silver and gilt yarns on Linen and cotton

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Part of an orphrey for a cope. Narrow cotton (weft) and linen (warp) panel with narrower strips of voided green velvet sewn along the sides. Divided verticaly into three complete and two incomplete compartments, showing, bottom to top, Joachim Rejected from the Temple, Meeting at the Golden Gate, Presentation in the Temple, Annunciation of the Death of the Virgin, Death of the Virgin. Figures rendered in split stitch with polychrome silks against grounds of couched gold threads showing a pattern of rinceaux in relief. Threads worn off in many places. Three small areas of bright yellow gold are restorations.


Salvadori (dealer), Florence; sold by Salvadori to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; sold by Loewi to the MFA for $4800 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: March 13, 1958)

[1] MFA accession nos. 58.239 and 58.330 were purchased together for this amount.

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Special Textile Fund