Note: Due to the great religious conviction of the Medieval Era, much of the art contains strong religious context. I do not put up any religiously-affiliated works with any religious intentions; I present them as art, and so they should be taken. So please proceed and enjoy, artistically!
L’Adorazione del ponte and detail
Piero Della Francesca
This fresco is a prime example of Medieval women’s hair. It was vogue in Italy for women to pull their hair tight against their head up from their face, usually parted Madonna style. In the detail and in following paintings in this exhibit you may notice how far back the woman’s hair line must be. Medieval women plucked their eyebrows, going so far as to pluck back their hair line to promote the beauty of the forehead. They also shaved the short hairs at the nape of their neck.
Dame Nature Gives Her Orders to Genius, Flemish
St. Nicholas giving thanks for his birth, Gerard David
These women wear cotehardies over bliauds; the middle woman wears a black stomacher, or vest piece, with a belt. Hanging from the belt of the woman to the left is a chatelaine, in which household tools and small personal items were carried.
Giovanna Tornabuoni degli Albizi, Botticelli
This panel of an Italian fresco shows another woman in the Medieval wimple, though her hair is in looser waves.
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