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Anno 1505 by joolita Anno 1505 by joolita

In the 16th century the merchant republic of Venice was a sight to behold. Early-modern travel writers describe it with much flair, enchanted (or appalled) by its lavish extravagance. But this was, after all, the Renaissance, and lavish extravagance could be had anywhere. Venice owed much of its allure to her fabled ‘honest courtesans’, praised (and vilified) for their wit, refinement and elegance.  

Venice wished itself to be perceived as a republic governed by just, modest men. The noble families had to uphold a certain image – and, sadly, most of the restrictions related to being a ‘paragon of duty’ were imposed on the wives and daughters.  Upper class women were strictly monitored in their dress and habits, and utterly dependent on their husband and fathers – that is, if they could be depended on.

For those that lacked the financial means to lead this restricted but sheltered life, there was a different, darker path to follow. Many young girls were introduced to the world of courtesans simply because their families did not have the money to supply them with a dowry. The lucky few who had the brains and the charm to win the hearts of aristocratic patrons would quickly rise in rank, becoming the desired (or despised) jewels of Venice. Some amassed substantial wealth, but others, like Veronica Franco, were accused of witchcraft and lost all of their possessions, or worse.

The attire of the courtesan here is modelled after the famous sketch of a Venetian lady by Albrecht Dürer (arttattler.com/Images/NorthAme…), while the chopines and the garb of the gentleman were copied from Racinet’s Complete Costume History (oh, how i love the book!). The lettering is styled after this manuscript: www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwms…
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No i pora na renesans. Tym razem niezbyt urzeczona kurtyzana i jej młody adorator. Tekst pod panią głosi: 'Przestań trąbić wszem i wobec, jaki to jesteś zauroczony, bo ktoś mnie w końcu oskarży o uprawianie czarów".


The other drawings in the series // Reszta serii:
etos 537 by joolita  Anno 1145 by joolita  Anno1378 by joolita  Anno 1453 by joolita

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AE-Allen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
Lovely illustration.  There is a movie about Veronica Franco, called "Dangerous Beauty".  It might not be very accurate; but, it is beautiful to watch!
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016
This is absolutely stunning!! I LOVE everything about this...the pose, the style, the composition, the text.....OMG
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
Interesting glimpse of a period in history. Thanks for sharing the social and cultural context of this enchanting image.
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joolita Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016
Thank you so much! Sometimes these comments take longer to finish than the drawing... I'm not too good at writing ><
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bingybongy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
Hoorah for Veronica Franco!
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joolita Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Yeah, she was pretty great :D
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puchiqa Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
te koturny :D bardzo ładnie uchwycona bazylika w tle :)
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joolita Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
Koturny są dla mnie powodem nieustającego zdumienia. Jak ludzie dawali radę w czymś takim chodzić? Chciałabym kiedyś zobaczyć kogoś, kto w tych strojach drepcze po kocich łbach...
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frejias Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your ink drawings, they make me so happy! Beautifully detailed, and you capture the quirky expressions and poses of the characters brilliantly!
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joolita Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Thank you! I'm really glad you like the poses - i was worried they might look somewhat exaggerated :)
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frejias Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh no, I think they really work for the drawing!
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is simply gorgeous.  The background, the poses, lines, expressions, everything.  You are quite talented.
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joolita Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Thank you so much! Embarrassed Chibi 
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! ^^
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Another great one! I love your anno series. Always so witty, and so much conveyed with all that body language. And such good, pithy little commentaries on historical issues :) can't wait to see the next!
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joolita Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Thank you so much! I'm happy you are enjoying the series, it belongs to my favourite projects (right after the comic). I promise to draw some more of it as soon as i have the time :) I'm not quite done with Renaissance fashion yet :D
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
Excellent, I'm looking forward to it! :)
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akitku Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome! The way you drew their body language is so wonderful, like the confidence in the lady's step. I love the cathedral of st Mark behind them. And gosh that script looks just so beautiful! You know I always found the Italian city states, especially Venice a little creepy...Those sumptuary laws etc. They seem to have been very controlling, especially towards women...
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joolita Featured By Owner Edited Apr 3, 2015
I'm not sure if it was even possible to walk confidently in chopines this high... but well, artistic license and all :D
I'm glad you like the cathedral, because you're partly responsible for its presence in the drawing (once again, thank you for the liner!). Next time i promise to be less lazy and actually use a ruler and compasses when drawing architecture :P

Venice *was* a little creepy even before the Renaissance (i share your dislike for creepy Mr. Dandolo). Apparently, it had a reputation of being more controlling than the other city states when it came to sumptuary laws, but i am yet to hear of a place where such restrictions were actually adhered to :D 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, damn, that's unfortunate. An accusation of witchcraft back then could make you lose everything. -__- Even your life at times. 

The details on their clothes and the building in the background look amazing! This reminds me of the wood-block etchings :D
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joolita Featured By Owner Edited Apr 1, 2015
Yup, such accusations seem like the perfect weapon to wage against women who could not be meek or unostentatious.

Haha, i got a bit carried away with the cathedral... I just wanted to draw some detail to make it obvious the scene takes place in Venice, but i had such a great thin line pen i ended up drawing the whole church... :) 0.03 liners are the best thing in the world :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So it was the perfect thing to keep certain women "in their place."

Haha, 0.03 liners...I had one once, and I pressed too hard and the tip fell off. 
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joolita Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Aww... i also have the tendency to press hard on liners. Sakura Microns are a bit too flimsy for me (i use Derwent Graphiks now, they seem more sturdy).
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
They're so expensive, too. D: 
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Kikifuko Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha, dobre :D
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joolita Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Ot, takie głupie wymysły :D
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