Re: New Picture
> The picture was painted 1521 in Cracow by VonKitzingen. The picturecurrently
> title is the Martydom of St. Catherine of Alexandria. It is
> in a Museum in Cracow.I could view it in both formats without problems.
> Does this look like something you could use to document potential
> garb? Any comments on the dress or the picture?
The men's clothing contained in this picture could be used as
potential documentation, as I have seen pieces of men's garb very
similar in a number of other portraits, paintings, and etchings;
thus, it can be cross referenced.
The garb on St Catherine I am not so sure of.... the sleeves seem
odd... The bottom portion doesn't appear to be attached to the bodice
in any manner so unless it is a vanbrace for archery of some such, I
don't see the point of it. The pouf in the sleeve near the elbow
hints of either smocking or a tie at this point to keep it such and I
know of neither in this area on a dress or chemise in this time
period. What little can be seen of the bodice (the shoulder piece)
looks as if it could be right, if only it had a sleeve attached or
tied to it in some manner. The open front of the dress is reminicent
of Mary of Hapsburg's dress, as seen here
The head piece looks correct for others that I have seen, with
braiding and perhaps either a net or caul under the coronet.
This is a different sort of dress for Catherine to be pictured
wearing, as she is most often depicted in a sideless surcoat.
Cynthia Virtue also has a wonderful paper on what consitutes a
primary resource for documenting clothing
http://www.virtue.to/articles/sources.html But it is also Kingdom
dependant. In the Middle Kingdom, many judges prefer the 'rule of 3'
for documentation... that is, they like to see three primary
resources on any A&S entry in order to consider it documentably
period.... Other kingdoms, I am sure, vary on this rule.
Part of the problem is that it's a depiction of a Saint, and as such,
is subject to many possible interpretations; as well as many possible
correct and incorrect depections within it.
Hope this is helpful.