- Was popular reception of the hennin a phenomenon resulting from travel in distant lands during the Crusades?
- Did the hennin stem from a Byzantine influence?
- Was wearing the hennin a step toward looking more worldly and well-traveled... an effort to stand out and gain attention?
- Did hennin-wearers adopt the trend subconsciously or was there a conscious and well-defined reason for choosing to wear it?
- Was the pointed hat a "trickle-down" trend - originating with holy men and women, then borrowed by society?
One thought: During the Renaissance, arts and literature - even higher learning - were more accessible to members of the church and religious sects. Simultaneously, much emphasis was placed on construction of very large and grand churches. Perhaps the hennin was not only a subconscious reflection of steeples and spires - but also of the search for higher knowledge. The hennin - a heavenward hat housing the divinity of the mind.
Another thought: Why do we later see a similar hat shape worn by people associated with magical powers?
|Collegiale Saint Quentin.|
|Domenico Quaglio die Kathedral Reims.|
|Albrecht Durer Innsbruck.|
|Albrecht Durer Aix La Chapelle.|
|Jean Fouquet Aix La Chapelle.|
|Rogier van der Weyden - for a Carthusian monastery near Brussels, 1445.|
|Leonardo da Vinci Ginevra Benci, 1474.|
|Maurice Quentin de la Tour - City of Saint-Quentin.|
|Jan van Eyck.|
|Fouquet - Charles IV and Marie Luxembourg.|
|Hans Holbein, 1500.|
|Hans Memling, 1480.|
|Hugo van der Goes - Maria Porinari, 1476.|
|Kaiser Maximilian I and Mary of Burgundy.|
|Petrus Christus, 1450-60.|
|Margaret of York, Duchess Consort of Burgundy - 1468.|
|Rogier van der Weyden Seven Sacraments - detail.|
|Petrus Christus, 1470.|
|Vittore Carpaccio - St. Stephen.|
|Rogier van der Weyden.|
|Michael Pacher - Mary of Burgundy, 1490.|
|Rogier van der Weyden - Young Woman in a Pinned Hat, 1435.|
|Pisanello - Princess of the House of Este, 1449.|