Sunday, 15 May 2011
Nelahozeves Castle (about 35 km north of Prague). Against a background of precious metal threads encrusted with semi-precious stones and pearls, raised embroidered figures are set in dioramas. In the outer wings can be seen the Angle Gabriel descending with his special message for Mary, while she is at her devotions. Although this altar piece is normally pictured with the Angel Gabriel to the left as was the decorum at the time, the German narratives are back to front - so I have flipped the image to have the text reading in the right direction. It is interesting to lovers of early samplers that all the Ns are reversed!
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 09:51