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Straw

"Summer', an allegorical painting by Giuseppe Arcimbolo, dated 1563. "Summer', an allegorical painting by Giuseppe Arcimbolo, dated 1563. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

Straw is the dried stalk of a cereal, as for instance barley, oats or wheat. Straw is sometimes used to create a woven cloth or as material for embroidery

A good example of straw being used for weaving is depicted in a famous painting by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526/27-1593), now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. It is one of of a series of four works illustrating the four seasons. This particular painting, illustrating the summer, shows a figure entirely made up of the plants, flowers and fruit of the season. His shirt or gown is woven of straw, with worked into it the name of the artist and the year of the painting.

See also the TRC Needles entries on straw embroidered vestment from Prague and straw embroidery.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 24 June 2017).

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Last modified on Saturday, 24 June 2017 09:53