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Picture (Framed)
third quarter of the 17th century

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Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Name-CRT: English
Title: Picture (Framed)
Title Type: Object name
Title: Needlework Framed Picture
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1650
Creation End Date: 1674
Creation Date: third quarter of the 17th century
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles-Embroidered
Materials and Techniques: Silk on canvas
Dimensions: 13 x 20 1/2 in. (33 x 52.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 64.101.1314
Credit Line: Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/

While there is a long tradition of exceptional professional embroidery in England, domestic needlework attained a high point in the seventeenth century, when it was a requisite skill of accomplished young women. In addition to clothing and accessories, mirror frames, writing boxes, table covers, and pictures were decorated with embroidery. Prints served as sources for figures, flowers, and animals, which were drawn onto the fabric and given to the embroideresses. Frequently depicted themes include Old Testament stories, political subjects, allegories, and scenes of daily life. 'Musical Garden Party' presents activities at a country house. Before a formal garden, ladies perform for an appreciative male audience. By using very fine-gauge canvas and silk threads, the embroideress was able to capture many fashion details, such as feathered hats, lace trimming, and the floral pattern of a gown. Facial features, however, are left unembroidered. The hovering putto with bow and arrow hints at impending romance.

AMICA ID: MMA_.64.101.1314
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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