Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery

WHEN:

From 1st October 2016 to 5th February 2017
Paid Entry (£12.00)

WHERE:

Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

WHAT:

From the 12th to the 15th centuries, England enjoyed an international reputation for the quality of its luxury embroideries, often referred to as ‘Opus Anglicanum’ (English work). Made by professional craftspeople in the City of London and rich in their intricacy, they were sought after by kings, queens, popes and cardinals from across Europe. Paintings, illuminated manuscripts, metalwork and stained glass will be shown alongside rare surviving examples to explore the world within which these exquisite works were created. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see an outstanding range of surviving examples in one place. Some of the embroideries have not been seen in Britain since they were produced.

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Don’t miss your last chance to see stunning rare examples of #OpusAnglicanum, with extended opening hours this weekend: last entry at 18.30 on Saturday and 17.15 on Sunday.

Plus, join us on Saturday or Sunday at 14.30 to see the Imperial College Chamber Choir perform in celebration of this outstanding exhibition. The performances are free, no booking required.
Find out more: http://ow.ly/7Nxr308DZfn

The 'Butler-Bowdon' Cope (detail), 1335-40 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
#ThrowbackThursday to our Opus Anglicanum exhibition from 1963, alongside our current exhibition #OpusAnglicanum… https://t.co/89sRB6qg2q
Twitter userV&A – 5 months ago
What was 'Opus Anglicanum'? Literally meaning 'English work', Opus Anglicanum was the term used to describe the esquisite embroidery created by English embroiderers in the medieval period using luxury materials such as silk, peals, gold thread and velvet. English embroideries produced in this period between about 1250 and 1360 are typically bold in their overall design and covered in detailed, figurative decoration, such as this example from the Bologna Cope from the Convent of San Domenico in Bologna. Experience this amazing work first-hand in our #OpusAnglicanum exhibition. Open now, book at vam.ac.uk/opus

The Bologna Cope (detail), 1310–20 © Museo Civico Medievale, Bologna
#OpusAnglicanum is now open! Book now and explore the astonishing craftsmanship of English medieval embroidery… https://t.co/NybtVMEanb
Twitter userV&A – 6 months ago
#OpusAnglicanum is now open! Book now for this major exhibition exploring the astonishing craftsmanship of English embroidery of the medieval period, including objects never before seen in the UK. vam.ac.uk/opus

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