1570 Elisabeth of Austria by François Clouet (Louvre)


This easily-found portrait of her is a tour-de-force for Clouet. The vee curl starting from mid-forehead was fashionable.

Norris has a brief write-up about this portrait on p.563 of Tudor Costume and Fashion (1997 Dover re-issue):  "The sleeves... are trimmed with spiral puffings trimmed with jewels.The bodice and skirt are set of a delicate patterned brocade edged with embroidery; and the skirt is open up the front to show an under-skirt of plain silk. A profusion of jewels ornaments the coif, neck, bodice, waist, and sleeves."

She was fond of hair with a vee beginning in the middle forehead. 

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