I was doing a little research on Peter Paul Rubens’ wife Helena Fourment, this morning. They married in 1630, when he was 53 and she was 16 (ahem), and she inspired some of his most voluptuously and rosy works from then on. (This image was done around the time of their wedding.) As a daughter of a silk merchant from Antwerp, it’s natural that Helena would always be dressed in the latest, but when have you ever, ever, ever seen a hat like this? Does anyone know why our girl is sporting what looks to be a pawn on top of her head? Amazing, right? Google isn’t giving up the goods, so if you can tell me anything about this weird headgear I will be thrilled.
What the Hat?
Posted by jessica on October 11, 2012
Encyclopedia of the ExquisiteEncyclopedia of the Exquisite, by author Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, is a lifestyle guide for the Francophile and the Anglomaniac, the gourmet and the style maven, the armchair traveler and the art-lover. It’s an homage to the esoteric world of glamour that doesn’t require much spending, but makes us feel rich. This blog continues the search for beauty started in the book...
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