Amalia van Solms by Michiel Jansz. van Miereveldt (Musée Crozatier, Le Puy-en-Velay France)


The saya influence is evident in this 1620s van Mierveldt portrait of Amalia van Solms. She was part of the court of Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia and attended Elizabeth when she went into labor during Elizabeth's flight into exile.

This is a good example of 1620s dress with tabbed puffed sleeves, slashed to reveal lacy material below. The trapezoidal decolletage and floating ruff also fit in with the era. She wears a bertha sewn so that it doubles as a modesty piece. The lace of the bertha, ruff, and material beneath the sleeves sashes appears to be the same. The tabbed slashed sleeves show residues of the saya era persisting into the 1620s.

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