|Unknown painter - Portrait of Kunigunde |
of Austria, 1485
Of course now I wonder if the provenance of the gown is correct. Given that it's a royal gown I would tend to think the history of it is at least somewhat correct and that Mary wore it, but why she would choose to wear something out of date by several decades is an open issue. Marion suggested she may have been wearing one of Mary of Burgundy's gown, or one belonging to her sister in law, for the coronation festivities that occurred in the 1520s. This makes sense and bears a bit more research. I did find a website devoted to Hungarian art, so that should be a bit of a help. There are a few images there that show gowns quite similar to this one. Hopefully I will be able to find some reliable information on coordinating head-wear while I'm poking around.
So now I have a lot to think about, and may have to actually write up documentation on this project. If I find anything interesting I will be sure to post about it. I'm really wishing I spoke about 5 languages this week though, between this project and the Lengberg "bras" (more on that later) I'm running into a lot of translation issues.