5 October 2006 -
7 January 2007

At Home in Renaissance Italy

Exhibition Highlights

Jerkin

Late 16th century or early 17th, Italy
Suede leather, probably deerskin, lined with taffeta and embroidered with silk and metal threads; padded with wool and cotton

This highly structured man's jerkin is made of leather and embroidered with arabesque decoration. Its distinctive silhouette is created by padding and strips of wood or whalebone. Inside, there are eyelets for tying on hose.

Getting dressed could be a lengthy process, with layers of clothing each demanding to be laced or tied in order to fit the body. Dress was an expression of status, and moralists disapproved of people who broke the social order by dressing above their rank.

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Museo Stibbert, Florence

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