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On her deathbed Catherine of Aragon wrote a letter to Henry VIII that ended with this touching sentence: Lastly, I makest this vouge [vow], that mine eyes desire thou aboufe all things. Katharine the Quene"

Portrait of Anne Boleyn from Hever Castle

Catherine of Aragon.1st wife of King Henry the 8th.

Woman in a Red Dress by Giovanni Battista Moroni, ca 1560 Italy, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

Neckline and partlet in gold with white trim. love the frill. Portrait of a girl, bust-length, in a yellow silk dress with a lace collar 1570s Lavina Fontana

Mary I by the English School after Hans Eworth, c. 1550s-Though the later Tudor Era gowns, those we see in portraits from the Elizabethan Period, capture much of our attention, it is the form of this earlier style I find so pleasing.The classic mid-16th century English look is created in large part by the farthingale: an inverted small triangle of the bodice over a larger one of the skirt.

Painting Associated with the Artist or the Worshop of Alessandro Allori (Italian Mannerist Painter, 1535-1607) Portrait of a Woman c 1557

If Elizabeth I was an icon of fashion then Lettice Knollys was an icon of natural beauty during the 16th century. She got a small, rosy mouth, a straight and narrow nose, and wide-set bright eyes under narrow arched brows were the theoretical "ideal" of the time. Eyes were outlined with kohl to enhance their size or make them appear more wide set. Plucked eyebrows were de rigeur for a court lady, as was a high brow. A high hairline had been for centuries a sign of the aristocracy, too

Jean Clouet (school) (Brussels 1458 - Paris 1541) Portrait of Diane de Poitiers, Duchesse de Valentinois (1499 - 1566) Oil on oak panel. She is in court dress, wearing a escoffion with its "ear" with pearls and precious stones. In connection with the two portraits drawn by Jean Clouet 1525 - 1530 and the Musée de Chantilly Daughter of Jean de Poitiers, Count of St. - Vallier, wife of Louis de Brézé, Normandy (1515 - 1531),King Henri II of France

Lavinia Fontana, Portrait of Bianca degli Utili Maselli With Six Of Her Children

1575 Elizabeth FitzGerald, Countess of Lincoln

Francois Clouet, Beatrix Pacheco. Paris 1572 She was lady-in-waiting of Queen Eleanore, wife of King François I, and daughter of the Duke of Escalona (sic. ed: actually great- granddaughter of the past duque).

  • Barbara Mcgahey

    Lovely dress...sorry about the other pin. I think i was hacked. I changed my password.

  • Leslie Smith

    I understand entirely and apologize if I was gruff. Apparently this sort of thing is happening more and more. It was my first but I've had some very strange pinners show up on my feed. Again, sorry if I was short tempered.

  • Barbara Mcgahey

    No was a pretty bizarre pin too...

© National Portrait Gallery, London Mary, Queen of Scots by Unknown artist oil on panel, circa 1560-1592 9 7/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (251 mm x 191 mm) Purchased, 1916 NPG 1766

© National Portrait Gallery, London Unknown woman, formerly known as Mary, Queen of Scots by Unknown artist oil on panel, transferred to canvas, circa 1570 37 7/8 in. x 27 5/8 in. (962 mm x 702 mm) Purchased, 1860 NPG 96

Hercule-François duc d'Alencon by Francois Clouet

Portrait of a Lady Date circa 1475-1480

Woman with dog, ca. 1505 by Lorenzo Costa, 1460-1535

1500's Portraits

Woman, ca. 1490 (Domenico Ghirlandaio) (1449-1494) Huntington Library, CA Interesting necklace.

1490's Portraits