FRONTAL, "FRONTALE RICO"
(Details) Spain, Castile, 1483-1495
Guadalupe, Monastery Dimensions: 108 x 372 cm. Fig. 288:
about 85 x 60 cm.
The centre of the altar frontal is occupied
by the scene of the Assumption of the Virgin. To the left,
the Nativity and the Adoration of the Magi; to the right,
the Resurrection and Ascension. The terminal panels at the
two ends show the Virgin and the Angel Gabriel (Annunciation).
Linen ground. Embroidery in silk, in stem, chain, and satin
stitch and laid and couched work. Gold threads in couched
work. Much restored in the 16th century and again in 1679
and 1689. At the last restoration, adorned with pearls and
gems. According to tradition, the original work was done
by a monk, Brother Diego from Toledo. Lit. A.C. Floriano,
El Bordado, Barcelona 1942, p. 95 .
Schuette, Marie and Sigrid Muller-Christensen: Pictorial
History of Embroidery ; NY: Frederick Praeger, 1964.