Saturday, 18 October 2014

Corsets, Crinolines and Codpieces Part 5

Crowning Glories

Women's Hairstyles from 1400

In the late 1400 women appeared in public with their heads uncovered.
According to the portrait painters of that time, some of the styles were extremely ornate. I can find no documentation to verify that these elaborate coiffures were the norm ; or were made especially for the portrait or perhaps the artists own invention.

Sandro Botticelli: Portrait of a young woman 1480- 1485

Bartolomeo Montgagna: Saint Justina of Padua 1490's

Domenico Ghirlandaio:Portrait of Giovaina Tornbuoni 1488

A much simpler style, perhaps depicting the youth of Raphael's model

Raphael: Portrait of a Young Woman 1506

And this wonderful loose and natural style 
Leonardo da Vinci: Mona Lisa 1503

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Also more of this series; Corsets, Crinolines and Codpieces, Parts one, two, three and four