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The Bathory Chasuble

September 6th, 2010, Promulgated by Bernie

The Bathory Chasuble, Esztergom Cathedral Treasury, Hungary, ca. 1500

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Here is an interesting example* of three-dimensional embroidery used for some chasubles in Hungary and Poland in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Architectural motifs -canopies, for example- were usually rendered in a precious color like gold or a contrasting texture of material or thread but here the canopies are actually three-dimensional, constructed in covered wood or papier mâché, and projecting out over the figure below. The figures are padded to strengthen the sculptural appearance of the design.

I can hear it now: “Is that something Jesus would wear?”

Well, I suppose it is approaching some kind of limit to appropriateness.


Picture and information source:

*Pauline Johnstone, High Fashion in the Church, (Leeds, Maney Publishing, 2002 ) page 76; the place of Church vestments in the history of art from the 9th to the 19th century.

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One Response to “The Bathory Chasuble”

  1. chasubles says:

    Nice post, thank you for sharing. Be honest i am not quite sure about the chasuble, i have read some information about it online. Your post will help me understand it better in the future, because i am interested in it.

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