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Millennium Foundation supports new "Textile Room" in the Ancient Art Museum...


Millennium Foundation supports new - Textile Room - in the Ancient Art Museum... 

A new exhibit with sumptuous religious textiles was inaugurated late last month - "The Textile Room", which also represents the opening of a new room in the Ancient Art Museum (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga - MNAA) in Lisbon.

It is a long, narrow room, on the first floor’s north wing, where the museum is displaying all its textiles through an annual thematic exhibition, each lasting only nine months. They are fragile specimens that cannot be exposed to light for long, otherwise they may degrade.

The collection consists of 4,600 pieces, gathered over more than 180 years and rarely seen by the public. Among others, these include vestments, bedspreads, tapestries, rugs and lace.

Over the upcoming nine months only vestments, mainly dalmatic (the dalmatic is a long wide-sleeved tunic, which serves as a liturgical vestment in the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, and United Methodist Churches), chasubles (used by priests at liturgical ceremonies) and copes (liturgical vestments, more precisely a long mantle or cloak, open in front and fastened at the breast with a band or clasp) will be displayed. This exhibit has the support of the Millennium bcp Foundation, main patron of the MNAA.

 

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