Venus and Cupid, late 1520s by Lorenzo Lotto, detail
Daniele da Volterra, Michelangelo, c.1550-55, Teylers Museum, Haarlem
Portrait of Pace Rivola Spini by Giambattista Moroni, 1570.
Mildred Cooke, Lady Burghley, pregnant wife of William Cecil (secretary to Elizabeth I),1563, attributed to Hans Eworth
"Mind your own beeswax" - This came from the days when smallpox was a regular disfigurement. Fine ladies would fill in the pocks with beeswax. However when the weather was very warm the wax might melt. But it was not the thing to do for one lady to tell another that her makeup needed attention. Hence the sharp rebuke to "mind your own beeswax!"
Portrait of Bianca Cappello. By Lavinia Fontana, 1590.
1572(?) Marguerite de Valois by ? (location unknown) Marguerite de Valois wears a dress with a huge neck ruff and Elizabethan outer ruff in this portrait. Portraits of Queen Elizabeth dressed like this will appear later in this page. This, and the straight hair cause me to believe this may have been painted posthumously.
Christ with Three Faces: The Trinity.1500, Netherlandish School
Unknown (Master of the Female Half-Length Portraits). Three Ladies Making Music 1530-60
Las infantas Isabel Clara Eugenia y Catalina Micaela, 1575.
Henry II of France. Henry II also had three illegitimate children: By Filippa Duci: Diane, duchesse d'Angoulême (1538–1619). At the age of fourteen, the younger Diane married Orazio Farnese, Duke of Castro, who died young in battle. Her 2nd marriage was to François, Duke of Montmorency. By Lady Janet Stewart (1508–1563), the illegitimate daughter of James IV of Scotland: Henri d'Angoulême (1551 – June 1586). By Nicole de Savigny: Henri de Saint-Rémy (1557–1621).