I am finally in a position to include images from outside my North Rhine focus. It honestly covers so much of Europe. I need to be able to put Anne of Cleves ensembles in context in her own lands, but also within the power structures across Europe as there is a tendency to only compare Anne and her fellow wives.
I needed to at least have the ruling houses sorted so that now I can add in portraits that are of unnamed, or misidentified people.
So exciting though.
I also recently sorted through tapestries as they are a rich source of information given figures are of at least life size.
Oh! I can use shortcuts! I’ve been trying to work out how to work with those who married outside their homeland and changed their style. I can double up information files but separate the folders and add shortcuts.
Oh the whole though it’s not common for this to happen in adulthood.
SO EXCITING! This tapestry sadly is historical, but is so very contemporary.
I first found her in a print collection by Zimmerman who very definitely used 1st or 2nd or even 3rd hand physical depictions. In this print? I think her head gear is inspired by some illustrations of Anne of Hungary.
The original is a lovely apricot and silver, I’m giving serious thought to making this from my pale blue taffeta and silver and/or white velvet for an Elsa inspired gown.
I have enough true depictions of dress of the time and place this is grounded in.