16th century, research

Probably Covered Before

So apologies if this is old news…

In the age old “did Venetians fake the camicia underneath the CF/ladder laced bodices” debate — check out this painting by Montemezzano (done between 1560-1610).  It looks to me very much like she is wearing a faux-camicia, given the strong line at the top and how it looks like it’s folding over; with a real camicia underneath.

Of course, I don’t think this is at all evidence for corsetry, or even evidence of anything beyond, “Hey, this one painting suggestings a false front.”  But I do think it lends credence to the possibilty of an under-kirtle, bust band, or something (maybe even just the real camicia) that is being covered by a false camicia front.

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