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Joos van Cleve, ca. 1485–1540/41, The Annunciation, ca. 1525.
In this painting by Joos van Cleve, Gabriel and Mary are placed within an elaborately furnished interior that would have been familiar in the 16th century. Influenced by Italian art, Joos appropriated a new canon of beauty, a new repertory of rhetorical gesture, and a striking grace of movement in his figures. We felt the exceptional detail and colour of the flowing clothing complemented use within a silk scarf perfectly.
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Joos van Cleve (also Joos van der Beke; c. 1485 – 1540/1541) was a painter active in Antwerp between around 1511 to 1540. He is best known for combining the influences of more contemporary Renaissance painting styles with the traditional Netherlandish painting techniques of the time.
He is known primarily for his works of a religious nature as well as his portraits of royalty. A skilled technician, his art shows sensitivity to color and a unique solidarity of figures. He was also one of the first to introduce broad landscapes in the backgrounds of his paintings, a theme which would become a popular technique of 16th century northern Renaissance paintings.
Macclesfield was once the centre of the English silk weaving industry and the world's biggest producer of finished silk. The area has been printing silk for over 300 years and at one point had over seventy mills operating in the town. The town is close to a water supply that passes through limestone, and when used in washing and dyeing it gives silk a uniquely attractive lustre.
Our silk scarves are printed at a mill that has been producing printed fabric on the same site for the past fifty years and the process uses water sourced from its own reservoir.
Located in New York City, and colloquially known as 'the Met', the museum was founded in 1870 for the purposes of opening a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. It is the largest art museum in the United States and, with over 7 million visitors in 2016, was the second most visited art museum in the world, and the fifth most visited museum of any kind.
The permanent collection contains over two million works which is divided among seventeen curatorial departments. This consists of works of art from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, Indian, and Islamic art. It is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, as well as antique weapons and armor from around the world. There are also several notable interiors installed in the galleries, ranging from first-century Rome through to modern American design.
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