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OPUS ANGLICANUM - MASTERPIECES OF ENGLISH MEDIEVAL EMBROIDERY Jennifer Wearden Wednesday 25 October 2017

OPUS ANGLICANUM - MASTERPIECES OF ENGLISH MEDIEVAL EMBROIDERY

From the 12th to the 15th centuries, England enjoyed an international reputation for the quality of its luxurious embroidery, frequently referred to as 'Opus Anglicanum' - English Work.  This embroidery contained complex imagery which was ambitious both in scale and intricacy and was sought after by kings, queens, popes and cardinals across Europe.  A blockbuster exhibition, held in the V&A between October 2016 and February 2017, brought examples of rare and luxurious embroideries from across Europe, some of which had not been seen in Britain since they were first produced.