HIDDEN SECRETS OF TIMELESS MASTERPIECES
I am often asked, where do I get my inspiration from. One of my biggest addictions in life is going to museums and when I'm there I am trying to pay attention to the most interesting paintings and all of their details. It helps me understand the history of dresses, jewellery and decorative arts better. I saw all these paintings personally when travelling to Paris, Budapest and all around Germany. I want to share my thoughts and observations with you now.
• MY NOTES: Men and women wore the same kind of jewellery (rings in particular) at those times as gifting personal jewellery was the greatest sign of affection. His ring could easily be a gift from a lover as it fits only on his smallest finger. I also admire his herbarium collection, he is a botanist and a pharmacist, so probably that is a book with medical herbs.
• MY NOTES: Mary Magdalene is depicted here in one of the fanciest gowns I've ever seen on her. Her dress is decorated with so many rubies, sapphires, and pearls, finest embroidery, silk, and furs. I would easily mistake her for a member of a royal family, but the colour symbols in her clothes and jewels tell about holy catholic symbolism (RED and BLUE). She holds a lid of the Holy Grail in her hand, also very wealthy and sophisticated.
• MY NOTES: Pigeons symbolise self-indulgence and slothful ways. Expensive jewellery and small decorative items negligently lying around at the feet of Vanity, symbolising prosperity and insignificance of materialistic values. I love all the details, the small vases and beautiful pearls, you can still find those rarely in the antique shops today.
• MY NOTES: This portrait was painted for Henry VIII for negotiations about their marriage. But when they met in person he noticed that the painting did not accurately represent Anne's appearance. And he tried to avoid this marriage but couldn't. Though he didn't fall in love with her for the looks, they became very good friends after their divorce. Her beautiful dress is a gorgeous example of German fashion of those times.
• MY NOTES: The painting was made right before Anne has become a queen. you can see her wearing an Anglican cross which shows she has conformed to the new form of worship, which Henry VIII expected.
• MY NOTES: We are used thinking that gloves were one of the most popular accessories of he f 18th-19th century, but mittens were just as loved (if not more) by young women that dressed fashionably. Usually, those mittens had a thumb and no other fingers. A great way of protecting hands and having a freedom of movement.
• MY NOTES: Landing money for jewels and valuables was one of the most popular services at those times. Jewellery was a very reliable source of investment, you could easily go to an put it on bail. At times when credit cards weren't handed out to every each and one, this was an early model of "fast credit". And you would get a very fair price for it, unlike today when at similar places jewellery is valued for its weight only.