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The Julia Brenner Textile Collection

Among the foundational holdings of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s textile arts collection is The Julia Brenner Textile Collection. Julia Brenner (1866–1944) was a native San Franciscan and member of a prominent mercantile family. In the 1920s and 1930s, she donated more than one thousand textiles, fragments, costume components, costume accessories, and tools to the Museums. Her collection, dating from antiquity to the twentieth century, includes examples of fine textile weaves and techniques from various corners of the globe. Since its receipt, the collection has served as an educational resource and source of inspiration to generations of visitors, including weavers, designers, and art students.


Image: Textile fragment, 15th–19th century, Italy. Linen and silk, embroidery (basket, double-running, and cross stitch), 19 5/16 x 10 5/8 in. (49 x 27 cm). Gift of Julia Brenner Collection, 53808.15