1515 (on or before) Sibylla von Freyberg, née Gossenbrot wearing Order of the Swan by Bernhard Strigel (Alte Pinakothek - München, Bayern, Germany)

Religion dominated life in the late Medieval period, but the Great Plague reduced the grip of religion. Early 1500s portraits often show people in prayer - the subject of this portrait holds a rosary. But religious references in portraits became less important as time passed.

Her genealogical sketch is here.

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1515 (on or before) Sibylla von Freyberg, née Gossenbrot wearing Order of the Swan by Bernhard Strigel (Alte Pinakothek - München, Bayern, Germany) Wm

Regional variations in style were prominent in the early 1500s. The Late Medieval period was marked by notable artistic achievements such as Gothic cathedrals as well as some flamboyant fashions. The Great Plague brought it down, but the Renaissance followed almost immediately. New ideas were spread by improved means of communications and trade. Those improvements caused European fashions to begin to homogenize in the 1500s. This is an example of local style at the onset of homogenization.

The bulbous appertunance on Sybilla’s head is a Steuchlein. According to The German Renaissance of Genoveva, "The steuchlein is quintessential headwear for 16th c. German women of virtually all classes. You see steuchlein on Landsknecht trossfrau, farmer’s wives, and burger’s wives—in other words, married German women. I am wearing a steuchlein in the image on the right. A steuchlein is composed of four parts:  Umbinderlein – linen strip at hairline, Unterhauben – linen undercap, Wulst – round or ovoid bulge, and Schleier – veil.” Sybilla’s Steuchlein is mising the Schleier.

Strigel portrays Syblilla von Freyberg wearing a luxurious velvet and gold brocade dress as well as  considerable jewelry and an order chain.

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