I wrote earlier before about Mary of Burgundy and what she used to wear, but her signature style was what is best described as the Burgundian take on a witch hat.
This type of hat is called a truncated hennin. Truncated means it ends in a flat top. It often was accompanied with a veil.
This truncated hennin was really popular among rich ladies in Burgundy and France. They appeared from 1430 and onwards. It was also fashionable for those ladies to pluck or shave their forehead to raise their hairline.
It was important for women to show that they were decent, modest women of good virtue. The veils and hennins helped rich women to send the right signals to the general public.
There was often a cloth lappet in the front of the hennin sometimes falling on the shoulders to either side. This is Mary of Burgundy’s signature style often with a brooch on the black lappets.
These are probably different portraits but copied from 1 original because the dress jewelry and neutral background are basically the same.
Mary of Burgundy also liked to wear green dresses.
Here the copy tried to improve a bit on the original by changing some details.
This one is clearly a copy of the paintings before but focusing on her face and the red background. Interestingly enough this painting was painted about 8 years after her death and since Maximilian I was already remarried by then it was most likely painted for political reasons: to remind Mary of Burgundy’s subjects of their former leader as to strengthen his own and their children’s position as their new (future) rulers.
This painting was painted 18(!) years after Mary of Burgundy’s death and here the point is even more transparent. This hand gesture is seen in iconography as a blessing sign so this painting suggests quite clearly that Mary of Burgundy appointed Maximilian I to be in charge after her death and that he had her blessing to rule after her.
Bonsoir, mes amis, Hilde