African and Arab Costume and Soldiers from
De gli habiti antichi, e moderni di diverse parti del mondo libri due,
fatti da Cesare Vecellio & con discorsi da lui dichiatati...

(Of Ancient and Modern Dress of Diverse Parts of the World in Two Books . . .)

by Cesare Vecellio, Venice, 1590


NOBILI ETHIOPO
Ethiopian Noble

VERGINE ETHIOPESSA
Ethiopian Girl

ETHIOPO SOLDATO
Ethiopian Soldier

CAMPSV GAVRI GRA SOLDA
Mamluk Sultan Qānṣawh al-Ghawrī

ARMIRAGLI, ET CONSEGLIERI
Egyptian Admiral & Counselor of the Sultan

MORO NOBILE DE CAIRO
Noble Moor of Cairo

DONNA DEL CAIRO
Lady of Cairo

MAMALVCCHI
Mameluke

CHRISTIANO INDIANO
Indian Christian

NOBILE DI BARBARIA
Noble of the Barbary Coast

VERGINE MORA
Moorish Girl

MORO DI CONDITIONE
Moorish soldier

MORO DE BARBARIA
Moor of the Barbary Coast

HABITO DEL REGNO DI TRAMISIN
Inhabitant of the Kingdom of Tlemcen

ARABO
Arab

INDO AFRICANO
Indo-African

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
Cesare Vecellio (Italian, ca. 1521-1601)
Published Venice: Damiano Zenaro
Printed book with woodcuts by Christoph Krieger (Cristoforo Guerra)
Source : Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, 4-OB-12

Cesare Vecellio, who joined the workshop of his famous cousin Titian before 1548, was active as a publisher by 1570. This book contains 420 illustrations of costumes-exotic and domestic-by the woodcutter Christoph Krieger and marks the culmination of a trend that began in the mid-sixteenth century with a series of costume engravings by Enea Vico. The first section of his book covers European dress, including Ottoman Turkey, while the short section on Africa and Asia includes the costume of Persians, Moors, and Arabs.



97 Boissardís costume book was published at Cologne in 1581. The following woodcuts from Book X of Habiti antichi et moderni were copied from Boissard. African Indian from Ceffala, f. 435v (fig. 25) is copied from Boissardís African Indian, f. 54 (fig. 38). Noble of Barbary, f. 427v (fig. 17) is copied from Boissardís Nobleman of Barbary f. 55 (fig. 39). African Woman from the Kingdom of Tlemcen, f. 433v (fig. 23); Woman of Average Condition, f. 434v (fig. 24); and African Woman, f. 430v (fig. 20) are copied from the images of African women on f. 56 of Habitvs Variarum Orbis gentium. The Well-to-do Moor, f. 429v (fig. 19); the Moorish Girl, f. 428v (fig. 18); and the Ethiopian Soldier, f. 420v (fig. 10) are copied from the images of Moor, Moorish Girl, and Ethiopian on f. 59 in Boissardís costume book (fig. 43). The Ethiopian Girl and Ethiopian Nobleman (figs. 8 and 9), on folios 419v and 418v respectively, are copied from the Ethiopian Girl and one of the Ethiopian men pictured on f. 60 of Habitvs Variarum Orbis gentium (fig. 44). Finally, Vecellioís other African Indian f. 436v (fig 26) is a copy of another of Boissardís African Indians from f. 61 (fig. 45).
Source: p. 33, African Costume for Artists: The Woodcuts in Book X of Habiti antichi et moderni di tutto il mondo, 1598 by Laura Renee Herrmann {Vecellio folio numbers refer to a 1598 edition}



Other illustrations by Vecellio:
Ottoman 16th Century Soldiers by Vecellio
Italian 16th Century Soldiers by Vecellio
A Georgian 16th Century Soldier by Vecellio
Hungarian 16th Century Soldiers by Vecellio
Russian 16th Century Soldiers by Vecellio

Index of Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers