The portrait of 'Grotesque Old Woman' (1513), painted by the Flemish Renaissance painter Quintin Massys, could have served as a model for Tenniel’s Duchess.
The 'Ugly Duchess' on the painting is supposed to be Margarete Maultasch, a fourteenth-century duchess of Tyrol and princess of Carinthia. "Maultasch" (meaning ‘pocket-mouth’) was a name given to her because of the shape of her mouth. She had the reputation of being the ugliest woman in history.
“Always in search of curious objects, broken toys, bits of things and traces of stories, Adriana Peliano stitches together desires, monsters and fairy tales. Her collages and metamorphic assemblages are magical and multiple inventories, where logic is reinvented with new meanings and narratives, creating language games and dream labyrinths. Everything is transformed to tell new stories that dislocate our way of seeing, inviting the marvellous to visit our world.”
“Sempre em busca de objetos curiosos, restos de brinquedos, cacos de mundos e rastros de estórias, Adriana Peliano costura desejos, monstros e contos de fadas. Suas colagens, metamofoses e assemblagens despertam inventários mágicos e múltiplos, onde a lógica do cotidiano é reinventada em novos sentidos e narrativas, criando jogos de linguagem e labirintos de sonhos. Tudo se transforma para contar novas estórias, abrindo portas para o maravilhoso.”