Venetian gondola, 14th century. The gondola is black, with a cabin covered in black carpet, and a white carpet on the prow. The woman passenger wears her hair tied with pearls, and a pink robe. She's accompanied by a duenna in black. The gondolier wears a red cap, velvet doublet, white shirt, black belt, purse and dagger. From a painting by Gentile Bellini in the Academy of Fine Arts, Venice. Handcoloured illustration drawn and lithographed by Paul Mercuri with text by Camille Bonnard from Historical Costumes from the 12th to 15th Centuries, Levy Fils, Paris, 1860.