Unknown Lady by Paulus van Somer (Penrhyn Castle - Bangor, Gwynedd, UK)

From artuk.org; enlarged by half. Also posted to The Late Farthingale Era - 1590 - 1620 Album here.

Portrait of an Unknown Lady

This dress has all of the elements of a saya, but the skirt is narrower and curved and the dress is showier with brocades and profuse use of lace. The vee neckline is very 1610s.

Keywords:  van Somer, frizzy coiffure, hair jewelry, feathered headdress, lace floating ruff, necklace, pendant, high vee neckline, lace modesty piece-bertha, rosettes, draped jeweled bodice ornament, tabbed sleeves, hanging sleeves, long close false sleeves, lace back-flared cuffs, bracelets, vee waistline, maxi-length close skirt, over-skirt, shoes, fan

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