Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Portrait of an Unknown Lady, Aged 31, Holding a Glove and a Fan in the style of Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, 1609, Nostell Priory
Lady Francis Fairfax by (or in the style of) Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, 1605-15, York Museums Trust
Kitchen interior with the parable of the rich man and the poor Lazarus, attributed to Pieter Cornelisz van Rijck, 1610’s the Netherlands, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Chopines, 1590-1610 Italy, the Met Museum
The chopine was a tall clog worn in primarily in Venice from the 15th to the early 17th centuries. While most examples are between three and five inches tall, some specimens of over a foot tall survive. Historical accounts testify to the necessity of the assistance of a pair of ladies maids to walk in the more extreme examples. As can be appreciated from the elaborate and fragile materials, the purpose of the chopine was as much to elevate the lady’s sartorial reputation as to elevate her skirt from the dirt of the streets and to increase her physical prominence. While this single chopine is very typical of the form in design and decoration, the blue color is less commonly seen than red or green. An additional feature of note also found on many other surviving examples is the leather sock lining with incised pattern of concentric squares.
Childrens dress, ca 1600 Germany, Lippisches Landesmuseum
Just when I think I’ve seen everything the distant past has left to offer, I get proven completely wrong.
Marchesa Geronima Spinola-Doria by Anthony van Dyck, early 17th century
My original comment about Dutch clothing on an Italian woman suddenly makes sense!