Costume in Period Art
Archers of Ravenwood / Costume in Period Art
|Much of what we know of clothing from the past is from paintings that have survived time. While unlike a snapshot, a painting is the artist’s interpretation of an image and may not be completely reliable. In this (detail of) painting by Bonifacio Veronese b. 1487 “The Finding of Moses”, one can almost be assured that this was not the period of dress in 1450 BC. However, this artist does provide a glimpse of fashion from the fifteenth century AD, which is what the people of Ravenwood are interested in. Although this style of dress is Venetian, I am including the link to the full version of the painting as this web site is a fabulous resource and you can also use it to play period music while strolling through these pages. http://www.kfki.hu/~arthp/html/b/bonifaci/findmose.html|
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|What were they wearing back then? The paintings in this section are provided to portray attire for life in the middle Fifteenth century as the target year that the Archers of Ravenwood aim at portraying is 1450 AD. The styles have been selected that one would mayhap also see in England. Although 1450 is the beginning of the renaissance, corsets and bodices were not yet in vogue. Turbans, trailing dresses, codpieces, men in tights (those up to date with fashion were now wearing them with the legs sewn together) and pointed shoes were commonly seen basics. There is a wonderful must-see website: http://www.reconstructinghistory.com/15thc/hosen.html that has a multitude of images and information on men’s hose including how to make them.|
|Alas, where to start? The best shall surely be saved for last.|
|Men in turbans Note the pleating in the garments worn. Pleating such as this occurs frequently in art of this time.|
|French artist Jean Fouquet gives us a look at an uncommon type man’s sleeve and his purse in “Portrait of Guillaume Jouvenel des Ursins” who was the Chancellor of Charles VII.|
|Pieter Brueghel the Elder. The Wedding Dance.|
While this painter lived in the sixteenth century, he captured many images of plainfolk in the renaissance era. His compositions of peasant life, stress the absurd and vulgar, yet are full of the joys of life and look very much like some of the current day renaissance faires.
Please follow this link to see a lass’ site who has been to the museum to take some close up pictures with costuming in mind, and has made some reproductions. http://www.raveness.com/bruegel/
|Pieter Brueghel the Elder- Netherlandish Proverbs called “Topsy-Turvy World”, given the number of globe like images within the painting.|
There are purporteldy more than a hundred proverbs in this painting. Some are:
Bow and scrape if he is to get on in the world.
While one fellow lets the world dance upon his thumb, another is unable to stretch from one loaf of bread to another.
He hangs his cloak according to the wind.
If you would like to learn more about these proverbs, you can find more information at: http://www.nelepets.com/art/pictures/bruegel/contents.html
|Pieter Brueghel the Elder- Kinderspiele Children’s Games|
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Who We Are
The Archers of Ravenwood portray independent English Military Company known as a free-company in the year 1450. This is not to be confused with the term mercenary...