1580-1614 Grand Duchess Bianca Capello de Medici with Her Son by Lavinia Fontana (Dallas Museum of Art - Dallas Texas)

Bianca Cappello de Medici wears a gorgeous Italian saya in this probably posthumous portrait by Lavinia Fontana. The portrait may be posthumous because she died in 1587.

1580-1614 Grand Duchess Bianca Capello de Medici with Her Son by Lavinia Fontana (Dallas Museum of Art - Dallas Texas)

This is almost a saya. Just add a ruff placed tightly around the neck in place of this open neckline. She wears a coat-like ropa over a light-colored satin under-garment. The lace is also more sophisticated than usually seen in 1500s portraits.

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