Red and Gold Dalmatic Robe
- 18th century
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Silk damask with applique and gold
- 46 × 60 in. (116.84 cm × 1 m 52.4 cm)
- Decorative Arts and Design
- Not On View
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
- OBJECT NUMBER:
A dalmatic is a wide-sleeved robe worn over the alb and cassock by a deacon at High Mass. This one is of red silk damask onto which are sewn cuffs and clavi descending to an apron of appliqué work composed of light colored silk strapwork, flowers, and leafy scrolls stitched with gold-wrapped threads over a red velvet ground. The bird with open wings represents the Holy Spirit.
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 212.
Watch a video to learn more about the history and symbolism of the dalmatic, the prime liturgical vestment of a deacon.