“Fashion and Virtue,” a new exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, explores early textile patterns.
When is a pattern a work of art? When it’s by Leonardo da Vinci.
Check out the Met’s large collection of textile patterns — including some attributed to da Vinci (later copied by Albrecht Dürer). As early as the 1500s in northern Italy, pocket-sized booklets of textile patterns — the world’s first fashion magazines — were printed and circulated across all strata of society. According to the Met, users of the books ripped pages from the books and nailed them to their walls for inspiration. Aka, Pinterest for the Renaissance era!
Opens today, runs through January 10, 2016.