Italian, Florence silk and velvet textile ca.1450. This item dates from the
early Italian Renaissance which lasted from the 14th. to the 17th. century.
It started in Florence then in Venice. You could also include Luca in there
as well. The designs were often based on the Byzantine textiles which were much earlier.
Trade in the Mediterranian between Italy and the near east flourished and luxury goods
such as velvet and silks were much prized and sought after by the church and
wealthy individuals. Size: H. 64in ., W. 18 1/2in (163 by 47 cm )