ca. 1598 Isabella Clara Eugenia by Frans Pourbus the Younger (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Boston, Massachusetts USA)

The Gardner Museum is a reproduction Italian Renaissance villa once owned by Isabella Stewart Gardner, a tycoon's wife in the USA's first gilded age. She was an avid art collector who built and opened the Museum while she was still alive.

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Isabel's head seems to float in her huge ruff sitting atop its supportasse and her saya made with intricately detailed brocade. The dress appears to be un-jeweled and slashing is limited to thin strips on her bodice and hanging sleeves. The manner in which the over-dress opens up over the bodice can be seen here.

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