Men in Skirts in History            


This whole set of paintings is called "Triptico del Cavario", ("Triptych of Calvary"), and is currently in the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville, Spain. The painting on the right of the set is called "Descendimiento", ("Descent").  It was painted by Frans Franken I in 1585, and obviously depicts events around 2000 years ago. The whole thing is some 3 metres high and 5 metres wide.

The man on the right (circled), helping Christ off the cross, appears to be wearing a skirt, which these days would be called "short". This was the normal wear for workmen in the 16th Century.  It must have been very comfortable to wear whilst working, more comfortable than a boiler suit.  Contrast this with the people in red who were not workers.



This is a close-up of the above painting