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Author: Cesare Vecellio (Italian, Pieve di Cadore 1521–1601 Venice)

Artist: After Cesare Vecellio (Italian, Pieve di Cadore 1521–1601 Venice)

Artist: Christoph Krieger (German, born Nuremberg, died Venice, ca. 1590)

Publisher: Damiano Zenaro (active Venice, 1563–ca. 1604) , Venice

Date: 1590

Medium: Woodcut

Dimensions: Overall: 6 9/16 x 4 15/16 x 2 1/16 in. (16.7 x 12.5 x 5.2 cm)

Classifications: Books, Ephemera

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906, transferred from the Library

Accession Number: 21.36.146


Cesare Vecellio, who joined the workshop of his famous cousin Titian before 1548, was active as a publisher by 1570. This book contains 420 illustrations of costumes (exotic and domestic) by the woodcutter Christoph Krieger and marks the culmination of a trend that began in the mid-sixteenth century with a series of costume engravings by Enea Vico. The first section of his book covers European dress, including Ottoman Turkey, while the short section on Africa and Asia includes the costume of Persians, Moors, and Arabs. Here the book is open to Vecellio's engraving of La favorita del Turco. The elegantly dressed woman is probably meant to be Roxelane, a beautiful concubine who became the favorite wife and confidant of the Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (r. 1520–66).