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16th Century Fashion & Beauty

For some reason, in art we mostly see white ruffs, but in the 16th...
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Portrait by the artist Jan Steen

Another fun Dutch painting at the Met. This is clearly a party scene, with...
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The greatest garden in France

You don’t go to an exhibit on parks to see things about courtesans, but...
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Princesse Mathilde

Princesse Mathilde was an aristocrat, but a wild character: her wealth was based on...
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Japanese Courtesan

Westerners assume that the point of women’s fashion is to emphasize the “hourglass” shape...
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Shady Men: Charles, duc de Morny

People are always asking us if there are any shady *men* in art. Well,...
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Shady Ladies Museum Tour, Utter Delight, by Alix Cohen

Shady Ladies Museum Tour – Utter Delight Andrew Lear’s Shady LadiesTour is conceivably the...
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Fashion History in Art

We have been giving fashion history tours at the Metropolitan Museum for several months...
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Who was the greatest Shady Lady?

People often ask us who the greatest Shady Lady was. And it’s a hard...
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Why were high foreheads once considered a sign of beauty?

This painting portrays Saint Justina of Padua as a Renaissance fashion plate. The pearls,...
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