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The Fruit Seller

The Fruit seller by Vincenzo Campi, from 1580, ties to the tradition of late sixteenth-century Italian genre paintings, which afforded curious Renaissance gentlemen the possibility of observing how the lower orders lived, worked, and dressed, while still maintaining a distance from the subjects. The painting offers an interesting look into the clothing of the fruit seller, which are at the same time practical but also respond to contemporary taste. As a test case, our project will reconstruct the dress and ‘look’ of the Fruit seller, both materially and digitally, in order to formulate a hypothesis of how reconstruction and material-based approach can be used as a methodology in cultural history of dress.