Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Herman Delman, 1955
Not on view
The chopine was a tall clog worn in primarily in Venice to elevate the lady above both the dirt and the hoi polloi of the street. While relatively few shoes survive from the period of the 15th to 17th century, chopines are inordinately represented in museum collections as they were saved most probably due to their outlandish peculiarity. This exemplar illustrates all the classical characteristics of this specialized form: red or green velvet covering, lobed platform sole trimmed in gold lace with hobnails, gold braid edging, shirred ribbon trim on the vamp, and beard-like tassel below the open toe.
Brooklyn Museum. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe," September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015.
Artist:Design attributed to the architect Niccolo Michetti (Italian, died 1759) Date:ca. 1715Medium:Walnut and poplar; iron hinges and locks, metal wire; antique silk and linen brocatelle door curtains (not original)Accession:69.292.1On view in:Gallery 551