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Pedro  •  Link

An English embroidered panel: The Restoration of Charles II, about 1665.
This panel is created on a white satin fabric using a great variety of complex embroidery stitches and padding to raise the surface (a technique often described as “stumpwork”). The motifs in the background, including leaves, birds, flowers and insects, are embroidered in flat stitches, but wires covered with silk stitches have been used to form leaves on the tree, the wigs and parts of the costumes of the figures, which are also padded with wool.
The picture depicts a number of scenes from the life of Charles II, including his hiding in an oak tree at Boscobel house after the Battle of Worcester in 1651, his flight on horseback disguised as a female servant, his restoration to the English Crown in 1660, assisted by General Monck, and his marriage to Catherine of Braganza in 1662.


Pedro  •  Link

Another Panel. (click to enlarge)

Embroidered Panel, English, mid-late 17th century. Charles II and Catherine of Braganza. Raised work and beadwork on white satin. Copyright © Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery. Photo: Paul Dixon.


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Is there a picture of Samuel Pepys?

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The symbolic values of colors were fixed in the Middle Ages, and the system lingered for about 200 years after the Middle Ages "sensu stricto" had ended. It was complex -- the reason why it died out -- and some colors were ambivalent in meaning. The significance of a color was generally understood and accepted.

Here are some colors with their symbolic values:
· white: purity, humility;
· blue: loyalty;
· red: love, strength, courage (but also occasionally pride);
· black: death, suffering;
· yellow: vanity, untrustworthiness, betrayal ("fake gold");
· green: the color of life, but also the color of poison – a color with not always clear connotations
In Britain, green was also associated with prostitution. (This was not the case anywhere else on the continent, and no other color was ever systematically used for this purpose.)

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