DRBR 6: In which satin flowers feature

Image copyright Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Used with permission. Click to see larger version.

I’m not exactly sure what this one is. It says festiggiandosile nozze at the top; looks like a poem, or perhaps a song, but it’s in Italian so I don’t know really. For a wedding, I know nozze.

Image copyright Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Used with permission. Click to see larger version.

Image copyright Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Used with permission. Click to see larger version.

I’m dispatching it here because I liked the multimedia aspect. You can see the poem part is handwritten on paper, but then the paper is pasted to a satin frame, and the join is covered by fabric leaves and ribbon roses.

Note how the leaves have held their green colour but the roses, once red or pink, have faded almost beyond recognition. Lightfast red dyes were jolly hard to do before advances in chemistry in the nineteenth century.

Anyway, something to consider for you fabric artists.

The call number’s nsh2, from drawer 4 again.


3 Comments

  1. Linda Kaye
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 17:26 | Permalink

    My goodness – The groom(?) is Moshe Luzzato. It looks like a guest list for either the wedding or its anniversary. I can’t get close enough with the image to see the words other than the names of the bride and groom (or perhaps their parents, if it’s an invitation).

  2. Linda Kaye
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 17:50 | Permalink

    Ah yes, it may be the text of a libretto or part of one for an opera/oratorio in honour of the marriage. Kind of an epithelamium.
    Though it’s not necessarily musical, could just be a poem. Festeggiando(si) is a festschrift, so it’s an offering in celebration. The bride is described as “esimia” esteemed, and the groom as “egregio” – distinguished?

  3. jen
    Posted February 10, 2013 at 21:31 | Permalink

    Ooh, I didn’t know you knew Italian. I think it is one of those poems that is sometimes composed in honour of the bride and groom. We’ve got another of those coming up shortly, this time from Germany.

    Oh, Moshe Luzatto’s famous! I didn’t know that. Thanks!

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