Femina Pisana, Nobilis femina Pisana, Nobilis Virgo Pisana

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 woman, a noblewoman, and a damsel from Pisa. On the left, the woman wears a long, hooded cloak over a dress with two strips of fabric hanging from the point of the bodice and long puff sleeves.

On the center, the noblewoman wears a dress with open ruffled collar and a paneled skirt with a brocaded foliage pattern and striped border over a long petticoat with rosettes, and long puff sleeves trimmed with bows. The lower part of the bodice is trimmed with jeweled shuttle shapes and pearls, and a matching jeweled strip marks the waistline. A chain necklace marks the bustline. A short, jeweled necklace with marching motifs decorates the neck, and matching pendant earrings hang from the ears. Her hair is tied up and covered with a headscarf. She holds a feather fan on her right hand.

On the right, the damsel wears a long dress with open ruff collar, long puff sleeves of striped fabric, trimmed with bows on the shoulders. The skirt has three tiers and a train. A double chain necklace hangs from her neck, and pendant pearl earrings hang from her ears. Small pearls hang from the lower part of the bodice. Her hair is tied back, with a jeweled brooch on the front, and tied with a headscarf on the back. She holds the tassels haging from the point of the bodice on her right hand, and a handkerchief on her left hand.

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