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  • Arabesque Interlace in Circle (signature B7) and Arabesque and Classical Ornament (signatures C6v and C7), ca. 1465–1527
    Font designed by Giovanni Antonio Tagliente; woodcuts engraved by Piron da Carpi
    From: Opera nuova che insegna a le donne a cuscire … laqual e intitolata Esempio di raccammi (A New Work that Teaches Women how to Sew … Entitled "Samples of Embroidery")
    Publisher: Giovanantonio e i Fratelli da Sabbio, Venice, 1530
    13/16 x 6 3/16 x 3/8 in. (19.8 x 15.7 x 1 cm)
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935 (35.75.3)

    Among the many designs published in this Venetian needlework pattern book are groppi moreschi e rabeschi—Moorish knots and arabesques. Both are elements directly copied from Islamic designs, especially from metalwork with geometric ornament. Venetian craftsmen of all trades in turn drew inspiration from the patterns in these books.

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  • Arabesque Interlace in Circle (signature B7) and Arabesque and Classical Ornament (signatures C6v and C7), ca. 1465–1527
    Font designed by Giovanni Antonio Tagliente; woodcuts engraved by Piron da Carpi
    From: Opera nuova che insegna a le donne a cuscire … laqual e intitolata Esempio di raccammi (A New Work that Teaches Women how to Sew … Entitled "Samples of Embroidery")
    Publisher: Giovanantonio e i Fratelli da Sabbio, Venice, 1530
    13/16 x 6 3/16 x 3/8 in. (19.8 x 15.7 x 1 cm)
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935 (35.75.3)

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