Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625) Italy, 16th century, who didn’t wish to be an artist? Sofonisba was born in a noble family from Cremona. His father was fond of Cartago history and all of his children had historical names (Sofonisba is an old African heroine). As so many rich families of this time, Sofonisba Anguissola’s family studied […]
Pinturicchio between 1502 and 1508. Detail of a fresco in the Piccolomini Library in the Duomo of Siena. The library was built by Pope Pius III in honour of his uncle, Pope Pius II (Aeneas Piccolomini) and decorated with frescoes
Extant doublet ca. 1560. Supposedly Italian. Now held in the Royal Museum of Scotland and documented/patterned by Janet Arnold. Red silk satin lined with linen, with cotton wool stuffed loosely between the vertical quilting. The doublet has six eyelets at each sleeve head for lacing on armor components and eyelets set into the narrow skirting for pointing (lacing) one's breeches to the doublet. . Photo credit Mary Westerman Bulgarella
Radical Fashion from the Schembart Carnival (1590)
Illustrations from a 16th century manuscript detailing the phenomenon of Nuremberg's Schembart Carnival, (literally "bearded-mask" carnival). Beginning in 1449, the event was popular throughout the 15th century but was ended in 1539.