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Anne of Brittany 5 Newer Older A lovely posthumous painting of Anne of Bretagne. Duchess of Brittany and later Queen of France, mother to Queen Claude of France. Queen of France twice, a feat rarely accomplished in any kingdom, she was a consort only in name. She was very active when it to came politics, especially those concering her beloved Bretagne and her daughters, Claude in particular. Anne is also credited for the 'French Hood' which quickly became popular.
Holbein drawing of woman wearing an English Gable Hood. Tudor women always wore some kind of head covering such as hats, coifs and hoods. Hoods, in particular, evolved from the more conservative English Gable to the introduction of the French hood, back to the Gable and on to a flattened or heart shaped bonnet from the 1520's through to the 1550's.
English and French Hoods Excerpt: This illustration, adapted from Norris' "Tudor Costume and Fashion," shows the shapes of the cloth from which an English and French hood were made. Read More...
1555 Louise Halluin, Dame de Cipierre by Corneille de Lyon (Art Institute of Chicago). This de Lyon portrait shows Louise Halluin wearing a dress with crescent neckline and a partlet partially open at the neck. This portrait provides another example of a deep crescent neckline. Her partlet is accentuated by a collar around the center opening.
Anne de Pisseleu (1508–1576), Duchesse d'Étampes Attributed to Corneille de Lyon (Netherlandish, active by 1533, died 1575) Oil on wood 7 x 5 5/8 in. (17.8 x 14.3 cm) H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.197)
1555 Catherine de Medici attributed to Clouet Catherine de Medici wears a black and white dress and a pink and black French hood in this Clouet portrait. She was fond of pearl-reticulated partlets. This is another example of a double neckline.
EXCERPT: 'Circa1525 French. This lady wears a red brocade gown. The sleeves are turned back very high on the arms and lined with the same fabric. The neckline shows the thickness of the brocade and the black bodice beneath the upper brocade body which has been wound around her torso and securely pinned. A fine chemise with elaborate sleeves decorated with blackwork embroidery. She wears an extremely fine gauze covering at her neckline. Her jewelled French hood is secured under the chin.'
An Unknown Noblewoman, by Pieter Jansz. Pourbus (1524 - 1584). Oil on panel: 16 1⁄4 x 12 1⁄4 in. (41.3 x 31.2 cm.) Painted c. 1565