FRANCE OU ITALIE PREMIÈRE MOITIÉ DU XVIIe SIÈCLE
BUSTE DE JEUNE FEMME
H. 69 cm, W. 55 cm, D. 25 cm
- Maurice Leloir, Histoire du costume de l'Antiquité à 1914, Paris, Éditions Ernst, 1933-1949
- François Boucher, Histoire du costume en Occident: des origines à nos jours, Paris, Éditions Flammarion, 2008
This alabaster bust represents a young woman wearing a virtugadin whose body is decorated with a lace flap. The hairstyle may be reminiscent of the capillary fashions in vogue in Spain in the 1640s and 1650s (Figs. 1, 2 and 3), but the chaperone whose point is brought back to the front of the forehead (also known as a "widow's crush") is more reminiscent of the French fashions of the 1620s (Fig. 4). As such, the engravings of the time also attest to the women's taste for hairstyles in serpents (Fig. 5) and in jesters and whores (Fig. 6).
Finally, the use of alabaster suggests French or Italian work.
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