SIA: Properzia de Rossi

My turn again to co-host SIA (Style Imitating Art), and I set about researching women artists from the medieval period. I came across Properzia de Rossi (1490-1530), an artist from Bologna, Italy,  who was among the few recorded women artists during the Renaissance — and a rare female sculptor! Properzia de Rossi was as well-known for her miniature carvings as for her large-scale marble sculptures. It fascinated me that she began her career by carving peach stones!

In fact, that’s one of her pieces that I chose as this week’s SIA choice:  a silver filigree Grassi family crest embedded with peach and plum stones carved by de Rossi. You can read more about the crest as well as Properzia de Rossi here.

Grassi Family Crest - Properzia de Rossi

Is this an SIA first, to choose a piece of jewelry? I do like variety. And WHAT a stunning piece, right?!

So, how to turn this SIA inspiration piece into an outfit? You could start with the color scheme, a silvery grey with accents of plum or burgundy or “marsala,” the new Pantone color of the year. You could also be inspired by the mix of textures, as the piece mixes silver with the peach and plum pits. You could also bring out your own bling! Anybody got a crown or tiara? Now’s the time to bust it out! 😉 I have no idea yet where I’ll go with this inspiration piece, but I’m excited to think up something!

So how do you participate in SIA? It’s easy! Just send me a photo of your outfit inspired by this SIA pick by next Monday, January 26, by 10 pm PST, and I’ll post all the submissions the next day. My email address is

And for more SIA fun, check out SIA co-founders Jess @ Animated Cardigan and Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.


8 thoughts on “SIA: Properzia de Rossi

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  2. Samuel

    I love that you take such a distinctive approach to your art selection. Obviously, we share a lot of similar tastes when it comes to art appreciation, but I love that we also share a desire to find the unusual or unexpected in art. 🙂


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