Catherine from The Memories of Marguerite de Valois at

A posthumous portrait of Catherine de Medici wearing a dress with a crescent neckline and sleeves with massive rolls at the shoulders.

If it wasn't for the Clouet now located at the USA Library of Congress, I would have believed the deeply arced scrscent bodice to be a case of artistic license!

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