Lady with a Mantilla

Lady with a Mantilla, mid 1800s-late 1800s
Alessandro Ruga (1836-1916)
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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Lady with a Mantilla

A mantilla is a lace or silk scarf worn over the head and shoulder, often over a high comb. They are traditionally worn by Spanish women. Up until the 1960s, it was common to see women wear mantillas in Catholic churches. It is still customary for women who are granted an audience with the Pope to wear one.


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