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Renaissance Velvets


Lisa Monnas; V & A Publishing, London 2012, ISBN 978-1-85177-656-6; 140 pages, 117 colour and 11 b/w ills., English text; £ 35 The author is a textile historian specialising in medieval and Renaissance European silks. Her publication “Merchants, Princes and Painters 1300-1550”, reviewed in TF 1/09, previously caught our attention. This book is dedicated to the rare silks in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Velvet and silk fabrics began to be woven in Europe in the 13th […]