Not my own plates this time, though I did get my spiral sleeves sorted.
Collecting modelbooks and books of trades really helps with interpreting art. Today after tracking back an image in a document (reverse image search is getting very good!) and then finding the original I was able to find even more images of people in hand crafts.
The book today is often refered to a book on lacework, but it’s clear the patterns are quite far reaching.
Title : [Libro primo-Libro secondo] De rechami per elquale se impara in diuersi modi lordine e il modo de recamare, cosa no mai piu fatta ne strata mostrata, elquale modo se insegna al lettore voltando la carta. Opera nova. : [estampe, livre de modèles]
Publisher : [Alessandro Paganini] (Italie)
Publication date : 1532
Description : Référence bibliographique : Courboin, 1041-1042
Rights : public domain Identifier : ark:/12148/btv1b10537222v
Source : Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE 4-LH-102
Relationship : http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb40354751t
Provenance : Bibliothèque nationale de France
Date of online availability : 09/05/2016
This is by Paganino Paganini and according to Wikipedia he pretty much lived and worked all his life in Italy (Brescia then Venice) along with his son.
The works suggest a great deal of contact with German engravers. These scenes of transfering a design to fabric are quite a neat mix of elements one would expect of a German and Italian engraver.
The low slung braids and shaped skirts of one and the evenly rounded linen headdress of the other.
However there is a plate that appears a few times that gets down right Cologne! It is entirely probable the plates were created separately to the text that fills the space.
The timing is perfect for a mixing of cultures, Venice attracted a lot of German printers, and Durer famously traveled and recorded dress of women from the region.
Exactly why there are women in extremely North Rhine clothing has not been able to be uncovered in an afternoon, however the sculptural strip of linen at the front of the headdresses are so very iconic. The key feature being the wings and square frame effect.
This figure even has the braids of an unmarried woman at the front her her headdress but there appears to be a tail to the back that does not appear in North Rhenish dress.
And there is a family connection:
di Angela Nuovo – Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani – Volume 80 (2014)
Sposò Cristina, figlia di Francesco Della Fontana (Franz Renner da Heilbronn), stampatore tedesco attivo a Venezia dal 1471 al 1486, una parentela insolita nel panorama della stampa veneziana, dove la tendenza era a legarsi e imparentarsi secondo la provenienza geografica.
He married Cristina, daughter of Francesco Della Fontana (Franz Renner from Heilbronn), German printer active in Venice from 1471 to 1486, an unusual kinship in the panorama of the Venetian press, where the tendency was to bind and relate according to geographical origin.