For visiting scholar Lisa Monnas, all that glitters is gold.
Monnas displayed gold cloth art Thursday in Hanes Art Center as one of the art department’s Bettie Allison Rand lectures.
An expert in medieval and early modern fabric, Monnas showed guests clothing made of gold from the medieval time period.
From the early 13th century to the days of Henry VIII, Monnas unfolded a narrative of increasingly complex gold textiles featuring velvet, intricate embellishments and silver.
Although textiles are still a fairly unknown art form, Monnas said, she hopes people will realize the beauty and importance that textiles and paintings have when seen together.
“I think it’s unlikely (people) will come face-to-face with too many of these textiles,” Monnas said.
“But I’m hoping now when they see them in paintings they’ll recognize them, and it will give them an insight into what the painter is trying to do and what he’s achieved.”
Monnas is one of eight Rand lecturers on the topic “Arrayed in Splendor: Art, Fashion and Textiles in Early Modern Europe.”
She paid particular attention to textiles in the early Tudor era during her lecture.