This portrait attributed to Eberhard von Backe shows Dorothea Ursula von Württemberg wearing a colorful German dress with a colored partlet and a peaked crescent neckline.
Her dress appears to be an exaggerated version of French fashion with expanded leg-o-mutton sleeve tops and the peaked crescent neckline almost becoming a very wide isosceles triangle. Her dress is more colorful than shown in most portraits of the day with a red bodice with black bands complemented by a red partlet reticulated in black matching the sleeves above her blue skirt.
Her coiffure is unique - I won't attempt to classify it. Maybe Ferengi?
Keywords: 1577, von Backe, German, ruff, high enclosing neckline, jeweled headdress, girdle, slashed sleeves, hair jewelry, carcanet necklace, draped necklace, rings, gloves, French sleeves, bracelets, Württemberg
Nov 5, 2009, 12:13 PM
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