Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of a Noblewoman 1590s

 French School 

Portrait of a Noblewoman,  French School
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Oil on Panel
16th Century
17 x 21 1/2 inches 43.2 x 54.6 cm
 
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The costume displays all the marks of the French court fashion, sumptuous, but black even to the jet beads about the lady''s breast. Black on the Continent far more than in England was almost exclusively the preserve of the aristocracy.
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