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  • Portrait of a member of one of the most distinguished Genoese families, Paola Adorno.
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Portrait of a Genoese Noblewoman, 1622-1627.
This elegant woman's chopines are hidden beneath her long skirt.
Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)
© The Frick Collection, New York.

Europe

Italy

Italy has been renowned as the centre of fine shoemaking for centuries and the Museum holds many examples of exceptional Italian workmanship. Historically, Italy's position at the crossroads of East/West trade has allowed it to take exotic textiles and foreign concepts and transform them into luxury fashions such as the chopine. Today, only a small number of museums have examples of chopines.