1590s Lady with a Lapdog by Lavinia Fontana (National Museum of Women in the Arts Washington)

Lavinia Fontana painted several portraits of ladies wearing Italian sayas, including this one.

I was unable to detail-enhance this image without ruining it.

The typically striped false sleeves emerge from what appear to be the dangling outer sleeves of a saya. The lace of her cuffs and ruffs is rather elaborate.

Keywords:  1590s, Fontana, Italian, curly coiffure, high enclosing neckline, headdress, ruff, lace, hanging sleeves, false sleeves, cuffs, handkerchief


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