This is a rare original 1888 color chromolithograph which offers a glimpse into some of the popular Dutch and Italian female fashions from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, as depicting in paintings from several Italian museums. Due to the popularized reddish-blond hair color in the paintings of Titian, many Venetian women took to bleaching their naturally dark hair to a lighter, more fashionable shade.
Key Elements in Each Panel
Top - 1. Dutch noble wearing two ornamental head plates over her side buns, 15th century - 2. Noble-born Italian woman with covered hair and an ornate gold belt, 14th century - 3. Venetian lady with dyed hair (strawberry blond was popularized in the late 16th century), 15th century - 4. Venetian bride in her wedding clothes, 15th century - 5. Noble-born Italian woman wearing an escoffion in the shape of a croissant, looking pious, 14th century - 6. Noble-born lady with an ornamental headpiece, her long hair gathered at the back, 15th century - 7. Noble-born Venetian wearing a gold hairnet, 16th century - 8. Noble-born woman wearing a balzo headpiece, 15th century.
Bottom - 9. Roman lady with covered hair wearing a dress with a center split to allow the lower fabric to peek through, 14th century - 10,11. Dutch noble with her hand maid following her, 15th century - 12. Noble-born Italian girl, wearing her hair in a youthful hairstyle, 15th century - 13. Venetian lady dying her hair, 16th century - 14. Noble Italian woman, 15th century.