Elizabethan Costume Modeling at Nevada Museum of Art

This past weekend I modeled again for the painting class at the Nevada Museum of Art. It’s quite an enjoyable experience, even though sitting still for 3 hours is difficult. I enjoy seeing how each artist interprets the pose, their technique and choice of composition and color. It’s very satisfying. 🙂

This time I wore some older Elizabethan things that don’t get much play – a kirtle from a couple years back, last year’s doublet, a *very* old shirt and hat. As you can see, nothing really fits anymore.

I mean…nothing at all. Not even the shirt! I guess my neck and wrists have gotten bigger? To be fair to the doublet, I wasn’t wearing bodies – I relied on the kirtle’s boned bodice to shape – but I would put money on the doublet not fitting over bodies either, because nothing fits anymore. So I wore the doublet open, which looked fine, I think.

I didn’t get any of the artist’s names (will make sure to next time, before they all dash out the door after class), but here are a few of the works from the day…


  • Unknown

    February 19, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    I do the same thing at the art museum here in Newport. The students really appreciate the chance to paint a person in costume. I am often ask me if it is difficult to sit still for so long? It isn't because with my hectic schedule it is a blessing to be able to just sit still for once. LOL! I find it meditative.


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