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.
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.
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.