Tyvärr är denna artikel enbart tillgänglig på English.
E-postadressen publiceras inte. Obligatoriska fält är märkta *
ImageOptionally add an image (JPEG only).The image will be resized to 500 pixels on its longest sidePlease be patient while your image uploads.
About the object or related object
”Femme noble en habit moscovite” by Swedish artist Augustin Dahlsteen (1720-after 1767). From his series ”Russische Trachten und Ausrufer in St. Petersburg”, published in Cassel, Germany in 1750.
This is just one of many prints from the late 18th century and 19th century. This one is around 1840 and represents a woman in regional dress from Naples (Italy) area.
The headdress worn by your young lady is closer to italian regional dress of the 18th and 19th century than russian…In some regions of russia they also used large pieces of linen or other cloth folded up in a rectangular fashion and placed squarely on the head, but in your image the ”style” is very well defined and different from russian style. It reminds me of the typical ”copricapo a tovaglia” (litteraly tablecloth headdress)of many regions of italy. One possible interpretation is that your young lady is a southern italian (Naples area) street food vendour (she is using her simple fan to keep the fire alive) Italian women’s regional costume was often short to mid calf. It was more practical and not really concerned with fashion. Costume prints often show women in the costume dancing and pulling up their skirts in a picturesque manner. They most probably wore longish pantaloons underneath to protect their modesty while dancing and working. Your young lady is wearing a very simple form of pantaloons that may be underwear rather than exotic ”turkish style” trousers. her short kacket with flared basque is also typical italian regional dress. Finally it would be useful to know if the artist traveled to italy at any point.
Its just an idea
Virginia Hill, dress historian and lecturer, Milan Italy
Follow the activities and news of our network and post news, comments and links to events.