Upon Julia’s Clothes
Whenas in silks my Julia goes,
Then, then (methinks) how sweetly flows
That liquefaction of her clothes.
Next, when I cast mine eyes, and see
That brave vibration each way free,
O how that glittering taketh me!
-Robert Herrick ( August 1591–buried 15 October 1674 )
The poet, Robert Herrick, was certainly not alone in recognizing the fascination… the seduction… to be found in the sensuous details of fashion… lace and tulle and velvet and satin. Painters such as Rubens, Titian, Veronese, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Boucher, and Ingres understood that nudity depends on contrast for maximum impact. They recognized that an abundance of fur… often a surrogate for that which could not be represented… or a bracelet clasping a plump arm, would enhance the suggestion of bare flesh.