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Death of Lucretia, by Ambrosius Benson (early 1500s). The rape that lead to Lucretia's suicide can be seen in the background. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucretia

jeannepompadour: “ “Death of Lucretia” by Ambrosius Benson, early century ” date unknown. The rape that lead to Lucretia’s suicide can be seen in the background. Lucretia or Lucrece (Latin:.

Elizabeth I funeral effigy  corset

Elizabeth I funeral effigy & corset. The effigy of Elizabeth I was re-made in 1760 with a new wax head and costume but the original corset and drawers on the effigy made in 1603 survived and are now shown separately from the clothed effigy.

An image that shows the stiffness of the Italian dress without the use of stays (but with the use of rabbits).

An image that shows the stiffness of the Italian dress without the use of stays (but with the use of rabbits).

Cut work sleeves

The Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge - Kim Butler

Bernardino Luini - Head of a Girl, 1520 - 1523

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This etching by Pietro Bertelli, called "Courtesan and Blind Cupid," was made with a hinged dress that reveals a pair of Venetian undergarment-style chopines, circa 1588. Via the Metropolitan Museum of Art

This etching by Pietro Bertelli, called “Courtesan and Blind Cupid,” was made with a hinged dress that reveals a pair of Venetian undergarment-style chopines, circa Via the Metropolitan Museum of Art