Pompeo Batoni portrayed Maria Feodorovna wearing a dress with an open robe (over-skirt) and petticoat (under-skirt) and a closed
bodice. The over-skirt is trimmed with ruching decorated with bows
matching that of her under-skirt(s) and flowers while the under-skirt has
two levels, set apart by ruching, decorated with bows to match
her skirt. The vest-like bodice appears to be cut to allow the sleeves of her
chemise, that do not reach to the elbow, to show. She
wears her favorite single large bow and frill to emphasize her décolletage. The over-skirt is pulled up in a manner similar to that of a mantua earlier in
the 18th century or late 17th century. The size of the headdress is
lower than many of her portraits, but it still stands high.
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Jul 23, 2010 1:10 PM
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