The Flagellation – 14th Century Italian Embroidery

The Flagellation, embroidered textile, silk and metallic thread on linen, needlework attributed to Geri Lapi, Mid 14th Century, Credit Line: Bequest of Charles F. Iklé, 1963, MMA

One of Twelve: Life of Christ

The Flagellation is one of twelve panels attributed to Geri Lapi depicting the life of Christ, of which nine are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This embroidered panel representing the Flagellation is a remarkable expression of the Florentine Gothic style. While the needlework has been attributed to the Florentine Geri Lapi, the designer has not been recognized…Read More at TheMet.

“More than twenty shades of
silk and metallic threads give richness
to the design, and the gold
background is enlivened with raised
scrolling vines.”

(MMA Bulletin 1995-96 p.38)

Current scholarship concerning the tapestry’s structure and subject “indicate that the ensemble decorated an altar frontal, perhaps the antependium described in the inventory of Jean, duc de Berry (1340–1416), brother of King Charles V of France (r. 1364–80) and one of the great art patrons of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries”  (Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History).

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“The Flagellation”

  • Date: mid-14th century
  • Geography: Made in Florence, Italy
  • Culture: Italian
  • Medium: Silk and metallic threads on linen
  • Dimensions: Overall: 10 1/2 x 16in. (26.7 x 40.6cm)
  • Classification: Textiles-Embroidered
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Charles F. Iklé, 1963


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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful and I guess made with love and passion.

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    1. I always wonder about the hands that made these remnants of past centuries – and never cease to be amazed that such delicate items survive. Thanks for commenting, Ally 🙂

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  2. All those lovely close ups. Thank you for your love of the arts.

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