Design for an Antependium: The Madonna della Misericordia with Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, the Circumcision, and the Presentation of the Virgin
This rare sheet probably served as a design for an antependium, a woven or embroidered hanging for an altar frontal. The drawing, recalling the figure types of Lorenzo Veneziano, may have been produced for use in the workshop of a textile specialist. The emphasis on contour would have made the design easily translatable into thread. Venetian artisans of the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries were renowned for this type of textile work.
Attributed to Lorenzo Veneziano (Italian, Venice, active 1356–72)