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Altar Cushion - Purple Festive Vestment

Cosimo Paternostro; Francesco Giuliani1744 - 1749

Museu de São Roque

Museu de São Roque

This altar cushion is a part of the festive purple vestment, composed of ten pieces. Together with the rose one this vestment is perhaps the most refined among the festive sets, for the happy contrast established between the purple background and the gold embroidery.
Made by Cosimo Paternostro, it shows a perfect synthesis between the baroque tradition and rococo exoticism.The embroidery maintains an extremely high quality in each of its pieces, even those of smaller dimension.

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  • Title: Altar Cushion - Purple Festive Vestment
  • Date: 1744 - 1749
  • Physical Dimensions: w41 x h51 cm
  • Provenance: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • Type: Liturgical vestement
  • Rights: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • External Link: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • Medium: Gros de Tours purple (ribbed silk) lamé in silver gilt, embroidered in relief in gold thread. Tassels in gold thread
  • Manufactured: Rome, Italy
  • Function: It was used as a support for the Roman Missal, in solemn and festive Masses, to make reading easier. After the Tridentine reformation, the use of a wooden Missal stand became more common, appearing in the most varied forms and with a wide range of decorative motifs. The liturgical reform of Vatican II (1963) dispensed the cushion as a Missal support
  • Embroiderer; tailor: Cosimo Paternostro; Francesco Giuliani

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