Object Timeline

1953

  • Work on this object began.

2016

  • We acquired this object.

2017

2019

  • You found it!

Textile, Iliad, 1953

This is a Textile. It was designed by Vincent Malta and produced by Associated American Artists. It is dated 1953 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Expressionist painter Vincent Malta counts Vermeer and Rubens among his influences, and the immediacy of the Baroque is clear in his action-packed Iliad design. Scenes from the epic story of Troy unfold in line drawings of chariots, horses, warriors, and rulers
In the 1950s, designer Sue Mason Jr. for Saba of California fashioned Iliad into a dress and matching shawl. (1)
(1) Karen J. Herbaugh, “Index of AAA Textile Designs,” in Art for Every Home: An Illustrated Index of Associated American Artists Prints, Ceramics, and Textile Designs (Manhattan: Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, Kansas State University, 2016), http://hdl.handle.net/2097/19686.

This object was donated by American Textile History Museum. It is credited American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Susan Ward.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 264.2 × 88.9 cm (8 ft. 8 in. × 35 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Iliad, 1953; Designed by Vincent Malta (American, b. 1922); cotton; H x W: 264.2 × 88.9 cm (8 ft. 8 in. × 35 in.); American Textile History Museum Collection, gift of Susan Ward; 2016-35-54

This object may be subject to Copyright or other restrictions.

You are welcome to make fair use of this image under U.S. Copyright law and in compliance with our terms of use. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1108711643/ |title=Textile, Iliad, 1953 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=22 October 2019 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>