Ritratto di Cortigiana
Musei di Strada Nuova, Palazzo Rosso
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Welcome to the Realm of Venus, a site about the clothing and accessories of the men and women of late Renaissance Italy, with a focus on sixteenth century Venice.
Whether you are a costumer in the SCA, theatre, film, or Renaissance Fairs, or if you are simply a lover of art or historical fashion, I hope you'll find inspiration on these pages.
(Known in the SCA as Donna (Lady) Bella Lucia da Verona)
Adelaide, South Australia
"Beautiful site... Very inspirational. I point people toward it all the time."
Drea Leed, The Elizabethan Costuming Page. Quoted with permission.
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On this site:
If you are looking for late 15th and 16th century portraits and other costume images take a look in the Wardrobe.
For articles on my research and theory on how the clothes were constructed, accessorized and worn, as well as future articles by guest authors, take a browse through the Library.
For a look at the extant garments, shoes, accessories, textiles and laces, etc, please take a look in the Workbox.
Other costumers share their Italian creations at the Italian Showcase
On my home page:
I spend more time webbing other people's creations than making my own, but if you're interested see my Dress Diary.
Want to look at some of the costume I've made for myself? Check out My Garb Gallery page.
Curious as to who I am and what I do? Find out more About Me.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or other constructive input, please email me.
I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Want to find out more about the SCA?
Bella Lucia da Verona
Barony of Innilgard Kingdom of Lochac
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