The Wikipedia article for Juan Carreno de Miranda is here.
Ines' dress does not have any vestige of a ruff and the obvious thrust is to the sides so the conical shape of the classic saya is gone. Luis Ortiz e-mailed me and described how the guardainfante, frequently seen in this album, became the tontillo and that evolution is what is seen here. The saya has morphed into the wide flat form of a tontillo. With a draped over-skirt and flattened to the proportions of a waffle, this dress would have been called a "mantua" about a century later. I would be fascinated by illustrations of the supporting structures used in 1600s tontillos.
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Dec 25, 2009 8:36 AM
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