1590s Lady by Lavinia Fontana (private collection)

The sitter wears a bodice that looks like it is inflated at the tire air pump in this display of an Italian saya.

Her dress is a saya or, at least, shows Spanish influence. The bodice looks like a breastplate and the sleeves have tabs, not rolls. The slit sleeves and the bodice look like they may be made of brocade decorated with bands of gold thread.

Keywords:  1590s, Fontana, Italian, curly coiffure, high enclosing neckline, ruff, lace, floral headdress, necklace, tabbed sleeves , hanging sleeves, false sleeves, farthingale, vee waistline

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