Costume design for Grotesque in Ballet du Sérieux et du Grotesque

Maker and role
School of: Daniel Rabel, French, 1578-1637
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Object detail

Ink and watercolor on paper
sheet, 12 3/16 x 7 5/8in (31 x 19.4cm)
Credit line
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
Accession number
Theatre production
Ballet with music by Antoin Boësset and libretto by Rene Bordier. Performed by King Louis XIII and his court, Paris, 1627.
Further information
Costumed dancers embodying the high-minded concepts of the Serious competed with the absurd inventions of the Grotesque.

The notation along the bottom of the drawing reads "A petticoat of Chinese satin, the body of the sleeve of scarlet satin."
The Court Ballet of Louis XIII: A Collection of Working Designs for Costumes, 1615-33; Margaret McGowan (b.1931); 1980; no. 112; pl. X
Signature & date
Inscribed a bottom: Ung cotillon de satin de la chine, le corps et la manche de satin incarnadin" (an overskirt of Chinese satin, the body and sleeves of incaradine -- colored satin)


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