For my challenge project I chose to attempt a
reta in the style of Eleonora di Toledo. During the IRCC II challenge, I started attempting to design a
reta more in the style of Eleonora di Toledo as seen in many portraits such as the one of Eleonora with her son Giovanni by Bronzino 1545. During the IRCC III challenge I continued this quest by using the cameo image by Giovanni Antonio de’ Rossi, (1559-1562) which features profile views of Cosimo I, Eleonora, and some of their offspring in which she is rendered wearing her typical hairstyle and it is noted that she wore this style unchanged over the years. This cameo is pictured in Figure 66 of
Moda a Firenze (1540-1580) Lo stile di Eleonora di Toledo en la sua
influenza. By enlarging the image and reversing it and placing it on a Styrofoam head covered by a papier-mâché mold of my own head I then by
trial and error created a possible pattern to reproduce the design I observed. For the IRCC III, I tried making the net as a flat shape, it worked somewhat.