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The Bettie Allison Rand Lectures in Art Special Event: Book Launch for Arrayed in Splendor

September 26, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Front book cover for Arrayed in Splendor.

Please join us to celebrate the release of the next volume in the Bettie Allison Rand Lectures in Art series, Arrayed in Splendor: Art, Fashion, and Textiles in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, edited by Mary H. Cain Distinguished Professor Christoph Brachmann. In addition to the presentation of the publication, Christoph will give a talk on “Love and Resurrection: 14th Century Funeral Garments in Prague Cathedral,” followed by interim Department Chair Victoria L. Rovine giving “An Africanist’s Response.”

Precious textiles, fabrics, embroideries, and tapestries played an important role in medieval and early modern cultures of representation. The high esteem in which the textile arts were held was not only due to the enormous material value of gold and silk, which had to be imported from distant regions, but also to the extremely complex and time-consuming production conditions which required a level of technical expertise that was present only in a few highly specialized centers.

In stark contrast to their medieval and early-modern reception, it has been only in recent years that the traditional view of the textile arts in art-historical discourse as an ‘applied’ art, and therefore a ‘low’ one, has undergone a fundamental shift. The aim of this volume is to provide insight into the current state of research on the topic. Ranging from the twelfth to the seventeenth centuries, this collection of essays of leading scholars in the field offers an invaluable window into the complexity of the textile arts and their medium, from the overpowering splendour of liturgical and princely garments and the luxurious fabrics used for them in the Middle Ages and early modern period, to the visual world of monumental room decorations in the form of tapestries.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction – Christoph Brachmann
  • Clothing for a Marriage Made in Heaven: The Role of Textiles in Ecclesiastical Consecration Rites — Evelin Wetter
  • Love and Resurrection: The Luxembourg Dynasty’s Funeral Garments at St Vitus Cathedral in Prague — Christoph Brachmann
  • All That Glitters: Cloth of Gold as a Vehicle for Display 1300–1550 — Lisa Monnas
  • The Making of Appearances at the 1530 Augsburg Imperial Diet — Ulinka Rublack
  • The Two Faces of Power: The Image Strategy of Cosimo I de’ Medici — Roberta Orsi Landini
  • Representatives of Power – Tapestries Made for Kings and Emperors — Katja Schmitz-von Ledebur
  • Virtue and Vice: Clothing and Kingship at the Courts of Charles I and Charles II (1625–85) — Maria Hayward
  • Arrayed in Splendour: An Africanist’s Perspective — Victoria L. Rovine

Book Information
Title: Arrayed in Splendor: Art, Fashion, and Textiles in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Authors: ed. Christoph Brachmann
Publisher: Brepols
ISBN: 978-2-503-57965-8
264 p., 3 b/w  + 111 color illustrations


September 26, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Christoph Brachmann


121 Hanes Art Center
121 E Cameron Ave
CHAPEL HILL, 27514 United States
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