This scroll is a beautiful example of the particular style of decoration that flourished in the Italian towns of Ancona and Lugo in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Artists in these towns specialized in a laborious technique whereby the parchment was cut away to create an intricately patterned frame for the text that reminds us of the beautiful lace used in fashions of that period. This elaborate technique was employed to adorn megillot, ketubbot and a variety of Judaica objects. Only a few such Italian cut-out parchment scrolls remain today.
Six hundred goddamn AD
Six hundred. Goddamn AD.
AN ACTUAL THING THAT I LIKE
THAT THING PEOPLE DO WHERE THEY ASSUME THE PAST DID NOT HAVE BASIC HUMAN BEHAVIORS
wait you mean people who lived 1400 years ago had a rudimentary understanding of historical change
blowing my goddamn mind here
Pre-Brummell male splendour: Running sprays of leaves in gold purl, passing and sequins on the leading edges of a silver lamé silk waistcoat, 1775–80; Embroidered oak leaf and acorn design on a cream silk tabby waistcoat, 1780–90.
Heather Marks at Christian Lacroix Haute Couture Spring 2004