Making the linen

The opportunity arose of buying, at a public sale, a lot of crimson silk damask woven in Genoa in the 16th and 17th centuries, along with some old braided tassles. After consulting various experts and historical documents, a set of bed linen was made based on Carpaccio’s painting Le Songe de sainte Ursule [The legend of St Ursula] (Galleria dell’Accademia, Venice) of around 1490: the canopy with festoons decorated with golden tassles was copied.

To preserve this old material, a second set of linen was made in modern material (damask cotton) consisting of a canopy with straight sides decorated with gold braid; this set will be displayed alternately with the old material.