Magnificus Laruatus, Scoztum Venetu Laruatum, jl Zani famulus

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 masked 'Magnifico', a masked Venetian courtesan, and a servant. On the left, the masked 'Magnifico' (or magnificent man) wears a tight doublet and tight long breeches, a thin belt around his waist, holding a long sword and a codpiece embellished with stones, to the sides of which hang two handkerchiefs. On top of them, he wears a long cloak with long bell sleeves. A cap covers his head, holding a bearded mask behind which hides his face.

The courtesan wears a long-sleeved doublet and skirt, both made of brocaded (?) fabric with a geometric pattern; the sleeves have rows of slits and a ruff on the cuffs. A cloak and long, slit sleeves are over the doublet, which also has a ruff collar. A sort of pleated veil is wrapped around the collar and attached to the mask that covers her face. A hat with a brocaded pattern and large feathers adorns her head.

On the right, the servant wears a doublet with long, wide sleeves and wide trousers, flat shoes, and round hat with feathers. He has a full beard. He holds a lute, and appears to be playing it while singing.

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