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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A masquerader as a lansquenet c.1517-18

RCIN 912575

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In his costume designs, Leonardo was aiming at a great richness and layering of textiles, with ribbons, scalloping, plumes, fringes, spotted furs and quilted sleeves and breeches. Such clothing was associated with mercenary soldiers, fools and minstrels: the king’s guests were dressing up not just exotically, but in something risqué.