During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, English embroidery enjoyed an international reputation for its skill and quality. Nowhere was it more popular than at the Papal court – first at Rome, and later, at Avignon – to the extent that some of the greatest surviving examples today can be found in Italian collections. This talk, delivered by one of the curators of the major V&A exhibition Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery, will examine these precious survivals and the relationships between Italy and England embodied in this trade.
Glyn Davies is a Curator responsible for medieval art at the V&A. He has published widely on the art of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, especially on topics relating to sculpture, metalwork and textiles. He was the lead medieval curator for the redevelopment of the Museum’s Medieval & Renaissance Galleries in 2009, and is co-curator of the exhibition Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery (October 2016 to February 2017).
Wine and canapés will be offered after the talk