Altar Cover, 1546

  • Swiss

Embroidery: linen on linen plain weave

  • Overall: 68 3/4 × 62 1/4 inches (174.6 × 158.1 cm)

Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.



European Sculpture and Dec Arts

  • Christianity
  • Swiss
  • Evangelists
  • Linen (material)
  • Inscription
  • Fork
  • Cover (overlying object)
  • Floral ornament
  • Foliage
  • Embroidery
  • Plain weave
  • Knife
  • Switzerland
  • Bird
  • Fish
  • Lamb

Inscribed, around the Lamb of God: 1546 DAS IST DAS LAM GOTTES WELCHES HINMIT DIE SIND DER WELT [translated: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world]

Mrs. John D. Rockefeller (New York, New York, USA)

1924-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Valentiner, W. "Embroidered Altar Cover," Bulletin of the DIA 6, no. 3 (1924): p. 28. Barnet, P. Clothed in Majesty: European Ecclesiastical Textiles from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Exh. cat., DIA. Detroit, 1991, no. 19, p. 34. Textile Masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts. DIA, checklist no. 25.

Swiss, Altar Cover, 1546, embroidery: linen on linen plain weave. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., 24.70.