Raucous Royal of the Month: Cesare Vecellio and the Renaissance Runway
This blog entry by Carlyn Beccia is a fun and witty look at his costume prints through the 21st century lens.
Loose Threads: Yet Another Costuming Blog: Margaret Scott on Medieval Dress
An interesting blog giving an overview on historic costume study.
Early Fashion Publications
From the Irenebrination: Notes on Art, Fashion and Style blog, the author discusses a number of early European costume manuals, including Vecellio's.
Bibliotheque national de France: Costumes anciens et modernes (Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1859-60), Tome 1 and Tome 2. From the BNF's Gallica Bibliotheque Numerique comes digital versions of both volumes of the Firmin-Didot edition.
Google Books: Costumes Anciens et Modernes (Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1859-60)
I suppose it was only a matter of time. Google Books has digitized selected portions of the second volume of Costumes Anciens et Modernes. This particular copy comes from the New York Public Library.
Christie's Specialist Selection: Of Noble and Virtuous Ladies
Stefania Pandakovic, Junior Specialist in the London Books & Manuscripts department, looks at Vecellio's manual of 16th-century fashion from the sale of Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts at South Kensington in June 2011.
Christie's Specialist Selection: Would you buy a used book from this library?
Focusing on a set of volumes with fore-edge paintings by Vecellio, Margaret Ford, Head of the London Books & Manuscripts department, marvels at the survival of a Renaissance library into the modern age.
English Translation of Vecellio's Habiti Antichi et Moderni
Congratulations to Ann Rosalind Jones, professor of comparative literature at Smith College, and Margaret Rosenthal, associate professor of Italian at the University of Southern California, for completion of The Clothing of the Renaissance World: Europe, Asia, Africa, The Americas; Cesare Vecellio's Habiti Antichi et Moderni (Thames and Hudson, 2008). Smith College received $75,000 from the NEH to translate Cesare Vecellio's Degli Habiti Antichi et Moderni di Diverse Parti Del Mondo. Read more about it in "Translating Fashion Customs and Clothes in the Age of Exploration" by Laura Wolff Scanlan (in Humanities, January/February 2005, Volume 26/Number 1). I have my copy and can truly attest to its phenomenal contribution to this field of scholarship.
Vecellio's Images: Prints in Books (and on the Internet)
Vecellio images from Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons has collected twelve images from original and later editions of the costume books as well as a painting.
Cesare Vecellio entry at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
This entry, for De gli habiti antichi et moderni di diverse parti del mondo libri due ... (Of Ancient and Modern Dress of Diverse Parts of the World in Two Books . . .), 1590, links to Vecellio's bibliography in Oxford Art Online (you must have an account to see it), as well as other thematic material.
Frontispiece of the 1598 edition in Italian
Similar to the frontispiece at the beginning of this site, this is another frontispiece from Habiti Antichi et Moderni... (1598) held by the Biblioteca Casanatense.
Various images from the Newberry's 1598 edition
As part of the Newberry Library's exhibit Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend, images from Vecellio's 1598 volume owned by the library are used to illustrate during the reign on England's Queen Elizabeth I. NOTE: click on "View illustration close-ups" to see a number of pages from the 1598 edition. Very nicely done!
Various prints from the NYPL Digital Library Collection
See images of chefs de sbires, the Doge, knights, women and produce vendor. Images are taken from the New York Public Library's copies of Noers, usages et costumes au moyen-âge et à l'epoque de la Renaissance (Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1872), Manners, customs, and dress during the Middle Ages, and during the Renaissance period (London: Bickers, & Son [187-?]) and Military and religions life in the Middle Ages and at the period of the Renaissance (London: Bickers, & Son [187-?]).
Focus: A Dealer in Eggs from the NYPL Digital Library Collection
Image done after Vecellio in Manners, customs, and dress during the Middle Ages, and during the Renaissance period. (London: Bickers, & Son [187-?]). There is also a nice blog entry on this image by "Rutix."
Various images from Vecellio's works at the University of Washington Libraries. This is part of their ContentDM database.
Renaissance Figures / Figure Rinascimentale
Candida Martinelli has put together an extraordinary site for Italophiles. At this link you will find twenty-four colored images derived from Vecellio's 1590 edition. Ms. Martinelli advocates using the images to make paper dolls - which I think is a great way to get kids interested in Vecellio, costume and historical printing. Her passion is appreciated. NOTE: Click on the figure of your choice for the image and additional information.
Images of Women: 1664 and 1859/60 editions
From the Fashioning page on the Picturing Women site, this page shows a courtesan image from the 1664 edition and a "Vestale" from the 1859/1860 edition.
A Genoese lady and a lady of Avignon
These images appear on the amazing blog History Blog: Insight into History - A Weekly Instrospective Into The Past. This particular use of Vecellio's images helps describe the 16th century draped cloak.
La favorita del Turco (The Sultan's Favorite)
This image is from the 1590 edition held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Prints and Drawings collection. It is a visual component of the Museum's Timeline of Art History - used to illustrate the time period of 1400-1600 in Venice and Northern Italy. To get the full context, I recommend backing up and looking through the whole section: Venice's Principal Muslim Trading Partners: the Mamluks, the Ottomans, and the Safavids.
Venetian costume of noblewomen and wealthy ladies
As part of a web site discussing a brief history of the 16th Century fashion of wearing muffs, and construction details of her own version, Laura Martinez uses various images from the time - including Vecellio's image of a noblewoman - to illustrate her points.
The image of a Venetian solider from Degli habiti antichi... (1590) is used in Mario Ferruccio Belli's paper "The History of Cortina d'Ampezzo."
View of St Marks Place, Venice, Sixteenth Century after Cesare Vecellio
From Wikipedia.org and made available through Project Gutenberg, this is a city image done after one from either the 1590 or 1598 editions.
From "Italian Working-class Dress: Examples found in Renaissance art from 1575-1600" on the Festive Attyre: Historical Costuming site by Jen Thompson, this site is dedicated to the study of historical costume from 1475 to 1625. Scroll down the page to see Vecellio's images of peasants.
Donna D'Ischia (Woman of Ischia)
From a site about the Island of Ischia, this site shows an image of Vecellio's "Donna D'Ischia" from the 1590 edition.
African Images in German
From a German site "Himmelfahrt mit schwarzer Kraft," this site discusses Vecellio's images of an Ethiopian soldier, a middle-class African woman and a Moorish girl. NOTE: Scroll to the very bottom of the page to see these images.
Image of a Moor: Othello
Clark University's Professor Virginia Vaughan uses Vecellio's image of a Moor (1590) in her discussion of Shakespeare's Othello. Unlike the image above, this image shows the full page with border and caption.
Corona delle nobili et vituose donne (1592)
See ten selected pages of volumes one and two from the Musée des Manufactures de Dentelles' (Retournac, France) copy of this beautiful work. My sincerest thanks to Bruno Ythier, Attaché de conservation du patrimoine, Directeur, for his kindness in allowing me to use these images here.
Vecellio's Images: Paintings
Portrait of a family with Oriental carpet/Porträt einer Familie mit orientalischem Teppich
From the Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerge der Malerei DVD-ROM (2002) this is a work in the Museo Correr in Venice. This same painting was included in the recent exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London: At Home in Renaissance Italy. Wonderful!
La Vierge, l'Enfant Jésus, Saint-Jean-Baptiste et un ange
See this painting - attributed to Vecellio - displayed at artnet.com regarding a sale of the work in 1998. Please note that you must be a member of artnet.com to see the sale information.
Altare del Santi Fabiano e Sebastiano di Cesare Vecellio (1585) in Italian
This site shows an altarpiece painting in the Basilica Cattedrale, located in the Belluno region, showing the saints Fabian and Sebastian turning toward the Virgin of the Assumption. NOTE: Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the image to see an enlarged version.
Fore-edge painting of St. Jerome from Modern Tools Evaluate Ancient Works: The Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection
This very interesting account of the Library of Congress' Rare Book and Special Collections Division and Conservation Division's comprehensive computerized inventory program shows a very tiny (nearly indistinguishable) fore-edge painting by Cesare Vecellio of St. Jerome on Epistolae published in Parma in 1480. As Vecellio wasn't born until more than forty years later, we can probably assume his painting was not part of the original book's design. "This article is based on the Condition Survey Report of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection by Daniel De Simone, curator of the Rosenwald Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division; and Beatriz Haspo, Getty Fellow in Preventive Conservation, Conservation Division; it was published in 2002."
Palazzo Piloni in Italian
This site provides a brief history of the Palazzo Piloni, including information about Vecellio's interior paintings.
Available for Purchase
Books: 16th-19th Century Editions
Costumes Anciens et Modernes (Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1859-60)
Provided by p4a.com, a service offering information on auction items and antiques, this site provides some detail on the mid-Nineteenth Century edition translated into French by Firmin Didot in Paris. No price estimates or sales specifics are given.
Books: 20th-21st Century Editions
Catalogue: Bibliotheque Pillone (Paris: Pierre Beres, 1957)
Available from The Veatchs Arts of the Book - Catalogue 63: Venturi, Lionello. Unpaged catalogue of 160 bindings painted by Cesare Vecellio. Cost is $225. (This opens a .pdf document. Go to page 5, see catalogue entry 19.)
The Clothing of the Renaissance World: Europe, Asia, Africa, The Americas; Cesare Vecellio's Habiti Antichi et Moderni (Thames and Hudson, 2008)
The first English translation of Vecellio's Habiti Antichi et Moderni. See news story above for more information.
Cesare Vecellio, 1521c. - 1601 (Conte Tiziana/A.C., 2001) from Libreria Campedel in Italian
Essays collected from the celebration of Cesare Vecellio 400 years after his death held in the Belluno Province, Italy in 2001. Price: €25,82. This work is also available directly from the Provincia di Belluno for €28.82.
Habiti antichi et moderni di diverse parti del mondo [contemporary publication] (publishing specifics unknown)
Reproduction of images from the 1590 edition by Cesare Vecellio. Introduction by Gillo Dorfles. Price: €23,24.
L'occhio di Cesare Vecellio: abiti e costumi esotici nel '500 by Jeannine Guérin Dalle Mese (Edizioni dell'Orso, 1998) in Italian
Read the introduction and table of contents here. This work is available from Amazon.com and the International Book Shop for € 20,66.
Pattern Book of Renaissance Lace: A Reprint of the 1617 Edition of the Corona Delle Nobili et Virtuose Donne (New York: Dover, 1989)
Purchase a reprint of Vecellio's lace pattern book from Amazon.com.
Pizzi Antichi nei Disegni di Cesare Vecellio (Sugar Co. Edizioni, 1980)
Purchase this volume from AntiQbook or Bookman.
Vecellio's Renaissance Costume Book: All 500 Woodcut Illustrations from the Famous Sixteenth-Century Compendium of World Costume (New York: Dover, 1978)
Purchase a reprint of Vecellio's images from the 1598 edition at Amazon.com.
Il Vestito e la Sua Immagine: Atti del convegno in omaggio a Cesare Vecellio nel quarto centenario della morte (Belluno, 20-22 settembre 2001) from Filo Forme in Italian
Organized by Jeannine Guérin Dalle Mese (Provincia di Belluno Editore: 2002) €20,00. Scroll about two-thirds of the way down the page to find the book.
Poster print of English Sailor and Portrait of a Large Family
Who knew? At art.com - as well as other vendors - you can now purchase a poster print of Vecellio's English Sailor or Portrait of a Large Family, both measuring 18 x 24 inches, for about $50.00 each.
Related Information: Biography, Genre, etc.
Answers.com: Cesare Vecellio
Derived from the Oxford University Press Art Encyclopedia, this site provides a nice biographical snapshot. It also includes links to places to buy poster prints.
Worldwide Art Resources: Cesare Vecellio
Provides links to various Vecellio resources on the Web.
Recorder Iconography: Vecellio's Madonna with Child, Saint Giovanni Battista and Saint Girolamo
(If you get the index page, click on "V" under Artists and then scroll down the resulting new page to Cesare Vecellio; use the "find" function on your keyboard or scroll down the page to locate the Vecellio section.)
Compiled by Nicholas S. Lander, this very interesting site provides information on art works featuring the recorder or recorder-like instruments. Lander discusses one of the winged putti in Vecellio's painting (1581) holding a "very slender cylindrical pipe which he holds one-handed."
Introduction to Needlelace
Written by Lady Meadhbh ní Dhubhthaigh (published in Tournaments Illuminated Issue #138, April 2001), this site provides a good introduction to Lace patterns and discusses the importance of Vecellio's Corona delle Nobili et Virtuose Donne (1617).
Lesson Plan: Using Vecellio's Image of a Moor to learn about Shakespeare's Othello
Created by teachers Jill Karnop, Elisa Garcia and Damian Bariexca.
A Collector’s Primer to the Wonders of Fore-edge Painting
A nice article on fore-edge painting, a practice in which Vecellio participated, at the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers site.