The Hispanic Society of America Presents Convergence & Diversity: Art of the Hispanic World this Saturday

Gallery Talk: Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 11am.

by Constancio del Álamo, Curator of Textiles

 The Hispanic Society of America

Broadway between 155th and 156th Street

The Hispanic Society of America recently acquired a mantón de Manila that belonged to Doña Lorenza Braniff de Bermejillo, Marchioness of Mohernando. This beautiful shawl, probably made in China, is embroidered on multicolored silks and bordered by a long fringe. It is decorated with flowers, animals, Chinese architecture, and human figures with applications of ivory on their faces. The mantón de Manila was (and still is) a luxury garment very popular in Spain and Latin America, used in traditional festivals, bullfights, weddings, and gala dinners.

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