Set of Ecclesiastical Vestments (Partes de un terno eclesiástico) Cope with Hood (Capa pluvial con capucha)

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Set of Ecclesiastical Vestments (Partes de un terno eclesiástico) Cope with Hood (Capa pluvial con capucha)

Mexico, circa 1730
Costumes; ecclesiastical
Silk satin with silk and metallic-thread embroidery and metallic braid trim
a) Center back length:53 in. (134.6 cm); b) Center back length:30 in. (76.2 cm)
Costume Council Fund (M.85.96.7a-b)
Not currently on public view

Provenance

Virginia Araciga, c. 1983; Loewi-Robertson Inc., Los Angeles, 1983; LACMA, 1985.

Label

Embroidered for the church, vestments were among the most resplendent art forms of eighteenth-century Mexico.

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Embroidered for the church, vestments were among the most resplendent art forms of eighteenth-century Mexico. Meant to imbue Christ’s vicars with special meaning, these garments were created as sets in guild workshops led by master craftsmen, as well as by nuns in conventual settings. The quality of the embroidery, alongside the abundant use of silk and gold, reveals the enormous resources invested in their production. Constructed with an aesthetic and design program that came from Europe, and employing silk and gold and silver threads imported from China and Spain, these elaborate religious vestments embody the intersection of cultures made possible by global trade networks.


From exhibition Archive of the World, 2022 (for more information see the catalogue entry by Elena Phipps in the accompanying publication, cat. nos. 34–37, pp. 178–85)
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Bibliography

  • Katzew, Ilona, ed. Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800: Highlights from LACMA’s Collection. Exh. Cat. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New York: DelMonico Books/D.A.P., 2022.

Exhibition history

  • Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800*** Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 12, 2022 - October 30, 2022