Ornamento Delle Belle & virtuose Donne, 1554
Matteo Pagano (Italian, 15151588), 1554
Book with woodcut plates
7 1/2 x 5 7/8 in. (19 x 15 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1921 (21.15.2bis)
Pagano published a number of pattern books for lace and embroidery in the mid-sixteenth century, the titles of which often serve to promote the place of needlework among the acceptable activities for virtuous women. The top of this page from Ornamento Delle Belle & virtuose Donne shows an embroidery design for a floral border with a twisted rope, a pattern that survived in embroidery for at least a hundred years. Variations of it appear in samplers into the second half of the seventeenth century.