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Italian Renaissance Hair Taping - Examples

By Lady Faoiltighearna inghean mhic Ghuaire
Copyright © 1999 Margo Farnsworth

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Domenico Ghirlandaio, “Giovanna Tornabuoni”, 1488.
Domenico Ghirlandaio, “Resurrection of the Boy”, 1480 (?).
Carpaccio, “Two Venetian Ladies on a Balcony”, 1495-1500.
Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, “Lucrezia Sommana”, 1518-20. This is an example of using colored ribbon to match the dress.
Francois Clouet, “Jeanne d’Albret”, 16th century. This is an example of a similar style found in France. The texture of the ribbon can actually be seen in this painting, it is a grograin ribbon.
Conde, “Madame de Movy Saint Phal”, 1560. This is also a French example.
Piero della Francesca, “Battista Sforza”, 1465. This is a different variation with a bun on either side of the head.
Vicenzo Campi (1536-91), “The Kitchen”. Note the woman in the forground using tape to form a bun. The woman in the red dress behind her also has taped hair.
Astolfo Petrazzi (1579-1665), kitchen scene (untitled). Note that although it is set further back on her head her style of taping is very close to that of the early 1400s. This is such a comfortable and practical style it's no wonder it remainded popular so long!

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