Date: 2009-07-22 01:03 pm (UTC)
We don't often notice it, but there is a bigger gulph between the 14th and 15th centuries than we are usually ready to admit. The late 15th century slips so easily into "Early Tudor" (as we call it in the States, really 1490s-1520s). As you say, even the decorations of the rooms in these paintings and the style of painting itself is far more "Renaissance" than "Gothic".

The simple truth is that, when I look at manuscript illuminations of 14th century women's clothing, sometimes we don't see breasts at all. So I've always been confused where this "supportive kirtle" in the 14th century idea came from.
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