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A gauche : Gradiva, bas-relief grec du IVe s. av JC, copie romaine, musée du Vatican, Rome. A droite : Détail de La Naissance de saint Jean-Baptiste, Ghirlandaio, Santa Maria Novella, Florence.

A gauche : Gradiva, bas-relief grec du IVe s. av JC, copie romaine, musée du Vatican, Rome. A droite : Détail de La Naissance de saint Jean-Baptiste, Ghirlandaio, Santa Maria Novella, Florence.

“Delphos” gown, Fortuny, Venice, ca. 1910. Tea pink pleated silk with clear beads across shoulders, around armholes, and down side seams. Three hand-decorated strips of fabric, or sashes, which vary in width. Skinner Auctions

“Delphos” MARIANO FORTUNY Tea pink pleated silk with clear beads across shoulders, around armholes, and down side seams. Three hand-decorated strips of fabric, or sashes, which vary in width.

A fine Mariano Fortuny stencilled velvet jacket, early 20th century

A fine Mariano Fortuny stencilled velvet jacket, early century ~ Fortuny fabrics are still made sold today

Mariano Fortuny Coat Evening, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection New York

Evening coat Fortuny (Italian, founded Designer: Mariano Fortuny (Spanish, Granada Venice) Date: Culture: Italian Medium: silk, glass Dimensions: Length at CB: 51 in.

Delphos by Fortuny, pleated silk dress with stenciled waistband and diaphanous over tunic

Mariano Fortuny’s Delphos dress . His dresses were considered status symbols during the and and remain rare, expensive and collectable items today.

A fine and rare Mariano Fortuny stencilled orientalist black silk evening coat, circa 1910-20 3

A fine and rare Mariano Fortuny stencilled orientalist black silk evening coat, circa - Alain.

Botticelli - Giovanna degli Albizzi receiving the homage of Venus (Louvre, Paris)  Note the overgarment is actually a sleeveless hooded garment which is also illustrated by the Botticelli school in a drawing that may be seen in the Uffizi in Florence.  Made this garment for someone else, must make one for me!

Boticelli - 'Young Woman Receives Gifts From Venus and the Three Graces',Sandro Botticelli !

1934, Italy Evening dress by Mariano Fortuny Silk, glass beads MET Museum

Evening ensemble, 1934 Mariano Fortuny Pale-blue pleated silk Metropolitan Museum of Art Accession

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