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  1. BRONZINO, Agnolo (1503-1572)
Portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi
c. 1540 Oil on wood, 102 x 85 cm Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

    BRONZINO, Agnolo (1503-1572)

    Portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi

    c. 1540
    Oil on wood, 102 x 85 cm
    Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

  2. BRONZINO, Agnolo (1503-1572)
Portrait of a Lady in Green
1530-32 Oil on panel, 76,7 x 65,4 cm Royal Collection, Windsor

    BRONZINO, Agnolo (1503-1572)

    Portrait of a Lady in Green

    1530-32
    Oil on panel, 76,7 x 65,4 cm
    Royal Collection, Windsor

  3. ANDREA DEL SARTO (1486-1530)
Portrait of the Artist’s Wife
1513-14 Oil on panel, 73 x 56 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

    ANDREA DEL SARTO (1486-1530)

    Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

    1513-14
    Oil on panel, 73 x 56 cm
    Museo del Prado, Madrid

  4. CORREGGIO (1490-1534)
Portrait of a Gentlewoman
1517-19 Oil on canvas, 103 x 87,5 cm The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

    CORREGGIO (1490-1534)

    Portrait of a Gentlewoman

    1517-19
    Oil on canvas, 103 x 87,5 cm
    The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

  5. CARPACCIO, Vittore (1472-1526)
Two Venetian Ladies
c. 1510 Oil on wood, 94 x 64 cm Museo Correr, Venice

Carpaccio portrays two ladies relaxing in the cool atmosphere of a garden, surrounded by a marble balustrade. The women wearing robes with immodest décolleté are sitting on a terrace where Venetian women usually bleached their hair. Their coiffure was popular in Venice at the beginning of the 16th century: curls combed on the forehead and wig on top of the head.

    CARPACCIO, Vittore (1472-1526)

    Two Venetian Ladies

    c. 1510
    Oil on wood, 94 x 64 cm
    Museo Correr, Venice

    Carpaccio portrays two ladies relaxing in the cool atmosphere of a garden, surrounded by a marble balustrade. The women wearing robes with immodest décolleté are sitting on a terrace where Venetian women usually bleached their hair. Their coiffure was popular in Venice at the beginning of the 16th century: curls combed on the forehead and wig on top of the head.

  6. CARPACCIO, Vittore (1472-1526)
Portrait of a Woman
1495-98 Oil on wood, 29 x 24 cmGalleria Borghese, Rome

[…] the girl in the Borghese Gallery is wearing a triple string of silver links and one of pearls, which can be interpreted as a sign if chastity (the pearl was considered one of the Virgin Mary’s attributes) and, in the light of the Serenissama’s sumptuary laws, of wealth and nobility. She was probably a young bride-to-be or newly-wed.

    CARPACCIO, Vittore (1472-1526)

    Portrait of a Woman

    1495-98
    Oil on wood, 29 x 24 cm
    Galleria Borghese, Rome

    […] the girl in the Borghese Gallery is wearing a triple string of silver links and one of pearls, which can be interpreted as a sign if chastity (the pearl was considered one of the Virgin Mary’s attributes) and, in the light of the Serenissama’s sumptuary laws, of wealth and nobility. She was probably a young bride-to-be or newly-wed.
  7. RAFFAELLO Sanzio
Woman with a Veil (La Donna Velata)
1516 Oil on canvas, 82 x 60,5 cm Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

The regular oval of the young woman’s face stands out against the dark background and her eyes hold an intense and penetrating look. The silk of her sleeves contrasts with her ivory-like skin, and is closely associated with the thin pleating of the dress, held up by a corset with golden embroidery.

    RAFFAELLO Sanzio

    Woman with a Veil (La Donna Velata)

    1516
    Oil on canvas, 82 x 60,5 cm
    Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

    The regular oval of the young woman’s face stands out against the dark background and her eyes hold an intense and penetrating look. The silk of her sleeves contrasts with her ivory-like skin, and is closely associated with the thin pleating of the dress, held up by a corset with golden embroidery.

  8. RAFFAELLO Sanzio
Portrait of a Woman (La Muta)
1507Oil on wood, 64 x 48 cmGalleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino

    RAFFAELLO Sanzio

    Portrait of a Woman (La Muta)

    1507
    Oil on wood, 64 x 48 cm
    Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino

  9. RAFFAELLO Sanzio
Portrait of Maddalena Doni
1506 Oil on panel, 63 x 45 cm Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

    RAFFAELLO Sanzio

    Portrait of Maddalena Doni

    1506
    Oil on panel, 63 x 45 cm
    Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

  10. CAROTO, Giovanni Francesco (1488-1562)
Portrait of a Woman
1505-10 Oil on wood, 69 x 53 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris

    CAROTO, Giovanni Francesco (1488-1562)

    Portrait of a Woman

    1505-10
    Oil on wood, 69 x 53 cm
    Musée du Louvre, Paris

  11. COSTA, Lorenzo the Elder (1460-1535)
Court of Isabella d’Este (detail)
c. 1506 Oil on canvas, 164 x 197 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris

    COSTA, Lorenzo the Elder (1460-1535)

    Court of Isabella d’Este (detail)

    c. 1506
    Oil on canvas, 164 x 197 cm
    Musée du Louvre, Paris

  12. COSTA, Lorenzo the Elder (1460-1535)
Portrait of a Woman
1500-06 Oil and tempera on canvas, 57 x 44 cm The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

    COSTA, Lorenzo the Elder (1460-1535)

    Portrait of a Woman

    1500-06
    Oil and tempera on canvas, 57 x 44 cm
    The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

  13. damesalamode:

Gallery of Fashion, July 1795. 
A very lovely court dress!

    damesalamode:

    Gallery of Fashion, July 1795. 

    A very lovely court dress!

  14. damesalamode:

Fashions of London and Paris, Court Dress, January 1799. 
Would you EVER believe that this batshit crazy dress was accurate if you saw someone wearing it?  Proof positive that they wore some seriously bizarre gowns back then. 

    damesalamode:

    Fashions of London and Paris, Court Dress, January 1799. 

    Would you EVER believe that this batshit crazy dress was accurate if you saw someone wearing it?  Proof positive that they wore some seriously bizarre gowns back then. 

  15. damesalamode:

Gallery of Fashion, Court Dress, July 1797. 
You know, Court Dresses of the 1790s will never cease to make me laugh. They are just so hilarious and crazy

    damesalamode:

    Gallery of Fashion, Court Dress, July 1797. 

    You know, Court Dresses of the 1790s will never cease to make me laugh. They are just so hilarious and crazy

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