Giorgione, circa 1509: Courtesan

This caul is larger than those we have previously seen. It appears to be made from an opaque, textured, but fine fabric. It is being worn further back on the head than the others we looked at, and a lenza (decorative cord or ribbon) is wrapped around her head at forehead level helping to keep it on.

In this portrait is can be clearly seen that the caul is a "bag", and not a cap-like item, and this time we can also clearly see cords which appear from a point somewhere behind her neck. It is likely that these are the cord ties/drawcord for the caul.

 

 

 

 

 


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