1545-1550 Balia dei Medici by Paris Bordone (Galleria degli Uffizi - Firenze Italy)

According to her short geni.com article, she was the daughter of Contessina Antonia Romola de' Medici and Piero Ridolfi who married Jacopo V. Appiani d'Aragona, ruler of Piombino, on 22 August 1514.

From realmofvenus.renaissanceitaly.net.

Italian style is noticeably different from northern European styles. It appears to be more relaxed. Balia de Medici wears a glamorous over-dress above a patterned under-dress, a sottana, that could be worn on its own according to a summary of Italian corsetry. Her dress has a bodice split down the center held together with thin cords over the sottana. Her sottana has a high trapezoidal neck opening that narrows at the bottom. The sottana provides the partlet and a small collar. A few cm of another and closer under-garment, probably her chemise (camica), show above that. Balia also wears a small de rigueur turban.

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