Nobilis Venetus privatus, Matrona Veneta, Mercator Venetus

Designer Jean Jacques Boissard French
Engraver Julius Goltzius Netherlandish
Publisher Caspar Rutz Netherlandish

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Engraving, part of 'Habitus variarum orbis gentium' (Costumes of the various peoples of the world), representing the costumes of men and women from various parts of the world, engraved after designs by Boissard and published by Rutz in 1581.

This engraving represents a Venetian nobleman, a Venetian Lady, and a Venetian merchant. On the left, the Venetian nobleman wears a long cloak with long, bell sleeves, a thin belt tied around the waist and a band hanging on his right shoulder across his chest. His hair is short and curly, as is his beard. He wears a cap on his head.

On the center, the Venetian Lady wears a gown with full skirt and train, made with brocaded silk (?) with a floral patterns. The bodice has low and pointed end. The neckline is furrled and the sleeves are double: short, puff sleeves in the same fabric as the bodice over long puff sleeves with pearls. She wears a large, pleated veil over her head and holds a fan on her right hand.

On the right, the Venetian merchant wears a long robe, fastened with round buttons down the front, and with a thin belt tied around the waist, under a cloak lined with a floral pattern. His hair is short and curly, and his beard is short. He wears a cap on his head and holds a pair of gloves on his right hand.

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