Genoese School, Embroidered Frontal

Frontal embroidered on a design by Ottavio Semino

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Author/ School/ Dating:

Genoese School, 16th century

Technique and Dimensions:

Satin and silk embroidery


Without inv. no.

Object Type:



The work is one of the few examples of sixteenth-century Genoese embroidery whose commissioning and history is known. The Fathers of the Mu-nicipality in fact ordered Ottavio Semino sixteen cartoons destined to adorn the canopy of the Corpus Domini procession for which a box was also requested in which the realization was attended by Luca Cambiaso, Bernardo Castello, Perin del Vaga and Ottavio Semino. The precious embroidery, of which the figures of the four Evangelists remain, was entrusted to Francesco de Ursis who made it in painted satin, silk embroidery and embroidery applied for the frames.