Ana de Mendoza, Princess of Éboli

Girl with a Pearl Earring - Johannes Vermeer

I love all of the things happening on her head right now! Contemporary portrait of Maria de' Medici as a young girl

Ana de Mendoza (Doña Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda, Princess of Eboli, Duchess of Pastrana). Spanish aristocrat, 1540-1592. Considered one of the more accomplished women of her time by her peers. Also regarded as one of the most beautiful ladies in Spain, despite having lost an eye in a mock duel with a page when she was young. Married at 12 years old to Rui Gomes da Silva, 1st Prince of Éboli and minister to the King.

1920s

Juana Romani, Portait De Jeune Fille, 1891

Willem de Kooning

Isabella I of Castile (1451-1504), Queen of Castile and Léon (Isabella was the mother of Catherine of Aragon).

Portrait of Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont by François Clouet, ca 1570 France, MFA Houston

Today in Black History, 3/21/2013 - Born enslaved on this date in 1856, Henry O. Flipper became the first African American cadet to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1877. For more info, check out today's notes!

Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom (1768-1840)

Princess Tatiana Constantinova of Russia as a fairy.

Cléo de Mérode (1875-1966), an international sensation, one of the the most photographed woman in the world in her time, was a French ballerina, who achieved fame with her face, not her feet. Oh, and there was that dalliance with the king of Belguim ....

Fighting-women of the Fon (Dahomey people) and their neighbors the Ashanti. Originally retained as an elite royal guard, Dahomey amazons held semi-sacred status as celibate warrior "wives" of the King. They prided themselves on their hardened physiques and highly-trained martial skills, and constantly strove to outperform their male counterparts. By 1890 they comprised over 30 percent of the Dahomey fighting force.

Katherine of Aragón (Catalina de Aragón), married Prince Arthur on 14 November 1501 in Old St. Paul's Cathedral, London. She was born 16 December 1485 at the Archbishop’s Palace in Alcala de Henares near Madrid, Spain died 07 January 1536 at Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire, England. Katherine was by birth related to both of Arthur's parents through the House of Lancaster.

Minneapolis women lining up to vote for the first time in a presidential election, 1920

'Portrait de Madame Allan Bott' - 1930 - by Tamara de Lempicka (Polish, 1898-1980) - Style: Art Deco - @~ Watsonette

I am really interested in the hair in this piece. The rolls are similar to what you see in Spain at the time, but they are much smaller, and a much different shape. I wonder if it is a product of a widows peek or if it is something else entirely. Maria (di Cosimo I) de' Medici by Agnolo Bronzino ca. 1551

1866 Princess Dagmar of Denmark ( later Empress Marie of Russia), mother of Nicholas II. She was also the sister of Queen Alexandra, wife of Edward VII and mother of George V. Nicholas and George were thus first cousins.

Anne of Austria, fourth wife of Philip of Spain (her uncle) and mother of his heir.