[HNW] 15th Century Spanish Embroidery

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Sat Aug 8 04:03:21 PDT 2009

Early or late 15th century?

There is a book titled Hispanic Costume: 1480 - 1530 by Ruth Anderson 
that was published by the
 Hispanic Society of Amer (June 1979).
I think it has illustrations of these in it.

If late 15th century, then paintings featuring Isabella (Isabel) of 
Castile might do.
(Of course there are all these rather awful illustrations of Isabella 
presenting Columbus
with his monies for his trip that are quite fanciful and inaccurate.)
Web Gallery of Art has:
*LAURANA, Francesco*
Isabella of Aragonia
c. 1490
Museo Nazionale, Palermo

All-posters and Amazon have this one:
 Isabella of Castile (1451-1504) in Prayer, 1520-22 (polychromed wood) 
by Felipe Vigarny
which I think is from the chapel where she is buried in Granada.
Yes, it is from that chapel.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Isabella_by_Bigarny01.jpg is another view.

Ok try this one

Also search under the term: Reyes  Catolicos 1469-1504 or Isabel la 

If the coifa is to be earlier, let me know.

You might inquire if this is to be worn with a crown or coronet or just 


>> Greetings all
>> I've volunteered to work a piece for the current Queen of Lochac (SCA 
>> - Australia) and her persona is 15th Century Spanish.
>> It's been mentioned that she would like a Coifa, worked in bright 
>> colours.  Now I have no problems with this, but have not been able to 
>> find any examples of these as embroidered pieces - not even going to 
>> mention that I have no pattern to even make the thing!
>> Can somebody who has some more experince with this particular period 
>> of embroidery give me some pointers?
>> The other option that I thought of myself for her was an embroidered 
>> book cover (which I can do in the rich, bright colours with 
>> pomegranates that she likes).
>> Megan McConnell
>> Embroidery Editor
>> BellaOnline.com

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