Portrait of a Venetian Woman, late-ish 16th century

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    A woman wears a midnight blue dress, of velvet, with a low, straight bodice and a string of pearls. Her blonde hair (possibly dyed; blonde being extremely popular in Italy during the Renaissance period) is braided back and deocrated with pearls. Two (heavy-looking) gold clasps on her shoulder seem to hold in place a diaphanous blue robe of sorts over her gown. The end of her bodice, a darker blue-color than her skirt, comes to an end with an elaborate rendering of a gold ornament in the shape of a man’s face (a joker or a cupid, possibly?) with a pearl and sapphire afixed the end point. Her sleeves are embellished with silver embroidery and embellished at the end with stiff, lace points that retract backwards.

    Pale, pretty and shown with a submissive, doll-like mien (all traits admired during the Renaissance), I’m sure our Venetian woman was probably considered quite the beauty in her time.

    AthenaGoodRosa, lewkmc, evelyn.crow, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. AthenaGoodRosa 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called MademoiselleBoleyn, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Its beautiful!! Blue my fave color

    2. tudor_chic 62 months ago | reply

      Wow, Athena, it's been a while! Thanks for commenting; this is one of my favorite Renaissance-era portraits too. I just love her blue and silver dress... :)

    3. zxcty [deleted] 62 months ago | reply

      the gowns beautiful ,,she also has an interesting face ,,not the normal blank gaze

    4. zxcty [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Elizabethan costume, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    5. MyLiliesMyLo 20 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous! Too bad her hair is so minimal--it should be big enough to match the gigantic dress!

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