Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Bust of Archduchess Margaret of Austria (1480-1530) as a Widow by anonymous, after 1506 the Netherlands, Kunst Historisches Museum Wien
This seems to be a much more flattering version of a portrait in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium by Bernard van Orley. If the van Orley image is the original, then the Vienna one probably dates from at least 1518, when van Orley became Margaret of Austria’s official painter. She could be mourning for her father, Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, who died in 1519.
Reliquary Bust of a Female Saint, ca. 1520–30
Oak, paint, gilt Overall: 16 11/16 x 12 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. (42.4 x 32.4 x 15.9 cm)The Cloisters CollectionThe Met
This is very, very cool. What a nice reference for her hairstyle!
Tagging all those pre-18th century posts has given me inspiration to beef up that category.
Portrait of a Woman Inspired by Lucretia by Lorenzo Lotto, ca 1530’s Italy, The National Gallery, London
Another interesting contemporary costume study, this time by Hans Holbein the Younger. It’s very unusual to see women’s shoes in Medieval and Renaissance artwork, making information about them scarce.
This is a young Englishwoman between 1526 and 1528. The artist made use of this study in a (now lost) portrait of the family of Thomas More. We still have the sketch but not the finished work for some reason. Anyway, here it is:
Scarpine shoes, ca 1500-50 France, MFA Boston
Posting this because I’ve never seen a pair that still had the velvet on them. Amazing. But still an ugly style.
Wedding dress worn by Mary of Habsburg, 1520’s Hungary, Hungarian National Museum
An outfit worn by her husband also exists, but I can’t find a color picture of it.
I would definitely wear this dress.
Dalmatic, Flemish, 1476-1525, Kerk Sint-Catharina