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italo-flemish manufactory
15th century
velvet, silk and gold embroidery

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It is the oldest chasuble in the duomo of Amalfi.
The crimson velvet background, probably of Venetian craftsmanship, embroidered in gold with a ‘railing’ decoration, is dominated by the thistle motif enclosed within a large inflorescence polylobed contours, symbol of immortality and of fertility, very frequent in fifteenth-century textile decoration.
A large cross and one stolon, lampas of silk and gold, on both sides contain images of Saints embroidered with silk: on the cross crucified Jesus supported by God the father, at the foot the Magdalene and on both sides the Virgin and Saint John; down Saint Anna Metterza and Saint Christopher; on the stolon include Saint Benedict, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Saint Dorothy. The formal characteristics of the figures refer to the great tradition of Flemish painting of the 15th century.