On The Origins Of Ecclesiastical Vestments

This PDF version of "Ecclesiastical Vestments, their development and History", by R A S Macalister, MA was published in London in 1896.  He wrote it at the age of 26, and died in 1950.  This edition comes courtesy of the University of Princeton, New Jersey.  I have been using it in an attempt to answer the question of the origins of early medieval court dress and clothing of the educated classes.  Is the development from Roman apparel of late antiquity via Byzantium in the East or Rome or Gaul in the West?

This question is the result of an attempt to consider the origin of the Nazareth Master, thought by Professor Jaroslav Folda and some other art historians to have been a native of Palestine removed by several generations from his European forebears; by others he is thought to be a "Frenchman", possibly from Burgundy, Vienne or the Ile de France, on stylistic grounds.  The Apostles and saints sculpted on the Nazareth capitals are portrayed in a variety of garments that are not easy to equate with a particular time or place though the tunics with embroidered collars may be compared to similar ones on capitals from Toulouse and especially to the statue-colonne of St Thomas by Gilabertus, 1140-60.  A close reading of chapters 2-5 offers some clues.

Please see also, http://www.green-man-of-cercles.org/articles/nazareth_capitals.pdf

 

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